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I’m a polling expert—here’s why the government will struggle to phase out of lockdown

Four in ten Britons expect the current measures to last for six months or longer—what does that mean for what's next?

By Bobby Duffy  

HANDOUT - 12 April 2020, England, London: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock holds a press conference on coronavirus (COVID-19) updates. Photo: Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full

The light at the end of the tunnel is very faint, but growing. The daily count of new cases of the virus is slowly decreasing, the first step before hospital admissions and deaths fall.

But national economic forecasts are getting darker. And more attention is shifting to the wider impacts of the current extraordinary social distancing measures, on inequality and the vulnerable, and the other “fights” we’ve put on hold,…

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