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Accepting, suffering or resisting? How lockdown is affecting Britons

London: Britons can be broadly split into three groups by their response to the coronavirus lockdown: those accepting the situation, those suffering as a result of it and those resisting it, analysis published by King’s College London showed on Monday.

The government announced a nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of the coronavirus on March 23, telling Britons to only leave home for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, for medical need, or for work if they could not work from home.

Street artist Chris Shea works on his 100th 'Rainbow Boy' artwork in West Wickham, south London. Forty-eight per cent of Britons have been "accepting" of the lockdown.

Street artist Chris Shea works on his 100th ‘Rainbow Boy’ artwork in West Wickham, south London. Forty-eight per cent of Britons have been “accepting” of the lockdown.Credit:Getty Images

King’s analysed data from a survey of 2250 adults carried out by Ipsos MORI in early April and found 48 per cent could be classed as “the accepting”, 44 per cent as “the suffering” and 9 per cent as “the resisting”.

“The large bulk of the population are fully behind the measures, but even within this group there are clear dividing lines between those who are coping pretty well and those who are really suffering,” said Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London.

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