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More than a third of adults do not expect life to return to normal within a year

More than a third of adults do not expect life to return to normal within a year
This is more than twice the proportion (18%) in Desember 2020, die Kantoor vir Nasionale Statistiek gesê.

More than a third of adults do not believe life will return to normal within a year, syfers wys.

Sommige 39% of adults do not expect life to be back to normal for at least 12 maande, Volgens die Office for National Statistics (VSA).

This is more than twice the proportion (18%) in Desember 2020.

Ongeveer 7% expect life to return to normal in less than six months – down from 28% last December.

The ONS analysed responses from 3,276 adults in Brittanje between December 1 en 12 as part of its Opinions and Lifestyle survey on the social impacts of Covid-19.

Measures were introduced during this period in response to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

These include making face coverings mandatory in most indoor public areas, such as shops and transport, asking people to work from home where possible, and extending the booster programme to younger adults.

Across the UK, certain venues and events are now legally required to check that visitors over the age of 18 have received vaccine doses or have proof of a negative test in the last 48 ure.

The survey also asked about people’s plans for Christmas, met 63% saying they were planning to visit family and friends in their homes over the festive period.

Almost half (48%) said they planned to host family or friends in their homes, terwyl 34% said they planned to meet with loved ones in restaurants, kroeë, bars or cafes.

Sommige 80% said they will stay at home if they feel unwell to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Since the survey period, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has urged people to consider cutting back socialising around Christmas due to the threat from the Omicron variant.

He told the public “don’t mix with people you don’t have to” at events that are not among the most important to them.

The survey found there has been an increase in the number of people who said they wore a face covering outside their home in the past seven days.

The proportion rose to 94%, vanaf 84% between November 18 en 28.

Almost half (47%) of adults said everyone or almost everyone was wearing a face covering while shopping (vanaf 19%) en 45% said the same for public transport (vanaf 21%).

The proportion of people who reported self-isolating in the past week rose slightly, van 4% in the previous survey period to 5%.

Measures for life satisfaction – the feeling that things done in life are worthwhile – and happiness all fell slightly, while anxiety increased somewhat.