The UK went into strict lockdown back in March after the deadly virus swept across the country, claiming nearly 40,000 victims. The UK has the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in Europe.
But last month, Mr Johnson announced plans to begin easing lockdown restrictions.
During a daily press conference, Mr Johnson revealed primary schools will reopen as early as June 1, a date that was met with criticism.
Since the easing of lockdown, the UK has continued to see more than 100 deaths per day and up to at least 8,000 new infections.
In a poll, which ran from 9am until 10pm on June 3, the Express.co.uk asked readers whether Mr Johnson had eased lockdown restrictions too early.
Boris Johnson has eased lockdown too early, say readers
Express readers say lockdown was lifted too early
Out of 2,884 votes, 53 percent (1,498) of people agreed Mr Johnson had lifted restrictions too early.
A voter compared the UK’s restrictions to that of New Zealand which has seen one of the lowest death figures around the whole.
Another said: “Considering that the ‘experts’ have still not with certainty established exactly the main nature of transmission it is too early to say.
“There are still experts on TV and radio who still believe that the single most important thing you could do to restrict transmission is to wash your hands – seems to be a lot simpler than locking down 65 million people!”
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Someone else wrote: “The logic that the virus has stopped so it’s back to work and all ok is flawed.
“All that has happened in every country is the curve has flattened a bit… Thats all.”
Up to 45 percent (1,324) disagreed and 62 people (two percent) didn’t know.
Many defended Mr Johnson’s announcement, with one saying we need to “stop an economic collapse”.
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They said: “We need to stop an economic collapse, one reason is, an economic collapse will cause funding to the NHS to plummet and how many will die because of it, from heart issues, cancers, emergency accidents etc.
“So the government has to weigh the risks and I think Boris has made the right decision, Sturgeon is a muppet and does not understand anything more complex than 1+1, so she is keeping the lock-down in place, but hey the UK will bale Scotland out won’t it.”
Another echoed defence of Mr Johnson and said: “I don’t think he had a choice – there are too many people who have chosen to break the rules already – so not to do so would have led to more police intervention, with inevitable consequences.”
A third said the lockdown was in place to ensure the NHS was not overwhelmed.
People flocked to Durdle Door to enjoy the sun
They said: “The intention of the lockdown was to ensure the NHS was not overwhelmed because we were unprepared.
“Now we are prepared and the Nightingale hospitals are in place.
“It is time to get back to some normality and, more importantly, for people to begin acting responsibly, using their initiative and common sense.
“The govern is there to govern, not wipe our noses for us.”
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The latest rules that came into effect on Monday state six people, including mixed households, are allowed to meet in outside spaces as long as social distancing is strictly followed.
There have also been astonishing scenes in coastal areas as lockdown-weary Brits took advantage of the relaxed restrictions and the hot weather by heading straight for the beach.
One of the most popular destinations appeared to by Durdle Door in Dorset and its famous beaches, cliffs and rock formation.
But the crowds of sun seekers that descended on the area have been condemned by a conservation charity for the showing “shocking” disregard for the beauty spot.
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The Jurassic Coast Trust described the “shocking events” of three people suffering serious injuries at the Dorset beauty spot after leaping from the top of the limestone arch, which is 200ft high.
Thousands of people were evacuated from the beach and surrounding cliff area to allow air ambulances to land.
Lucy Culkin, chief executive of the charity, said it had received hundreds of messages from members of the public since the weekend.
She said these highlighted the “appalling volume of litter” on beaches, including human waste, sanitary items, and surgical masks and gloves, as well as disposable barbecues.
Sunseekers flocked to beaches around the country
A spokesman for the Association of Directors of Public Health said: “Over the weekend we have seen signs that the public is no longer keeping as strictly to social distancing as it was.
“Along with this, we are concerned that the resolve on personal hygiene measures, and the need to immediately self-isolate, if symptomatic, is waning.
“A relentless effort to regain and rebuild public confidence and trust following recent events is essential.”
Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:51:00 +0000