Vast majority of people in Lancashire believe lockdown should be extended

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The overwhelming majority of people in Lancashire agree the UK coronavirus lockdown should be extended beyond the initial three weeks.

In a poll at the weekend on the North West Coronavirus facebook page more than 95 per cent of people agreed that the lockdown should continue, with some going further saying it should be made even more strict.

With some other European countries set to relax some of their lockdown rules, the UK is set to continue lockdown following a COBR meeting this week.

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It has been three weeks since people in the UK were urged to Stay Home and while there are encouraging signs that the infection curve is flattening, the message from the government over the Easter weekend was still Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

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But there is thought to be economic pressure to consider, with both the Telegraph and the Times reporting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to unveil modelling to Cabinet colleagues about the impact that extending the lockdown could have.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) think-tank produced a report suggesting 25% of the UK economy could be lost by the summer due to the current controls in place, and the Times reported that Mr Sunak has told colleagues GDP could fall by a third in the second quarter.

Denise Pilkington posted on Facebook about an extension to the lockdown: "Definitely and I personally think that it should be a policed lockdown and you will get checked if you go out like they did in France, because there are so many idiots who go out because they're too stupid to comply with the order to stay in."

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Patrick Cunningham agreed saying: "Yes for as long as needed"

In other parts of the North West reaction was the same:

Kim Jane said: "What lockdown? It's more of a close down than anything. People are doing as they please.Tighter restrictions need putting together."

Tom Boyle said: "The virus doesn’t travel, people do. It really is that simple, but there again so are some people."

Kelly-Marie Cassidy said: "Extended and tougher. This "lockdown" we have now is a joke."

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John Price said: "Yes but only for another three weeks and then we need to look at easing the lockdown. Getting kids back to school and people back to work. Let people visit family where it's safe to do so."

Paul Ainscough said: "Absolutely yes. But there is no lockdown, let's be honest. There needs to be more stringent rules in place or else this will never go away. Total lockdown should've been done immediately."

Hannah Cath said: "Doesn't matter if it gets extended people are still going out. Need more action and more reinforcement."

Freda McIntrye said: "Yes it's not working as it is ... most of us have been in isolation 3 weeks plus ... and it's annoying that others aren't taking it seriously."

Amanda Trezise Lawrence: "I think it needs to. If we go back normal too soon it will hit with a 2nd massive wave."