Almost half of people aged 25 to 34 said they would flout rules if the UK went into a a second coronavirus lockdown, a survey has revealed.
It comes amid a rise of 950 coronavirus cases in Britain today, with partial lockdowns being imposed in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire in England, as well as in Aberdeen, Scotland.
A second wave of Covid-19 already appears to be striking Europe, forcing Spain to reimpose lockdowns and cases spiking to a three-month high in Greece.
Two thirds of those who took part in the nationwide survey said they think a second lockdown will happen in the UK.
Almost half of people aged 25 to 34 told a survey they would flout rules if the UK went into a a second coronavirus lockdown. Pictured: A busy Waterloo station in London today as the Government encourages more people to use public transport to reinvigorate the economy
It comes amid fears of a second wave of the pandemic in Britain, with partial lockdowns already being imposed on parts of the northwest of England and Aberdeen (pictured: residents walking in Aberdeen Beech today) in Scotland
Pubs, cafes and restaurants were shut and Aberdeen's population of more than 200,000 people were banned from travelling more than five miles from their homes
Those aged between 25 and 34 were most willing to say they would ignore official guidelines if that happened, with 47 per cent confessing they would flout the rules.
Some 39 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds said they would not closely follow the lockdown measures.
By comparison, only 23 per cent of those aged 65 and older gave the same answer.
The survey found one in five people believe they have had Covid-19 despite not having a positive test.
The survey of 2,000 adults, conducted in July, found NHS swab tests for Covid-19 were believed to be the most trustworthy but 44 per cent of respondents said they were unsure about their efficacy.
Private rapid-result antibody tests were the least trusted of all the testing options.
Dr Sam Rogers, medical director of healthcare blood testing company Medichecks, which commissioned the study, said it showed people were 'confused'.
'Worryingly, people are drawing their own conclusions of whether they've had the virus and are behaving accordingly,' Dr Rogers said.
BORIS COULD BAN TRAVEL IN AND OUT OF LOCKDOWN AREAS
Boris Johnson could ban travel in and out of local lockdown areas under new plans that may see over-50s ordered to shield.
The radical proposal is currently being discussed as Downing Street shakes up its crisis response in the wake of localised flare-ups.
Ministers are understood to be keen to avoid another national lockdown and derail the economic recovery, which could take years.
Whitehall bosses are now hammering out a 'flexible' strategy to restrict all movement in and out of target areas with high infection rates.
It means that plans in March to seal off London to stem the spread of Covid-19 which ere shelved but could be revived as part of the new targeted approach.
Officials have already been handed beefed-up powers giving them the ability to mandate such travel bans with police enforcement.
It comes as officials have drawn up plans that could see millions of people asked to stay at home if a second wave of coronavirus infections takes hold.
Of the thousands of Covid-19 antibody tests carried out by the company, 85 per cent have received negative results.
Dr Rogers said 'many people' believed they had been exposed to the virus but did not have detectable antibodies.
The survey found only eight per cent of people thought that having coronavirus delivered total immunity.
However, 60 per cent of respondents told the poll that it meant people had a lower chance of getting the virus again or infecting others.
Dr Rogers said: 'If people aren't sure but suspect they have had Covid-19, there is a risk that they may behave differently.
'This could manifest as not washing hands regularly, not adhering to social distance guidelines, and these are actions that will risk a second peak and ultimately cost lives.'
Only eight per cent of those polled had Covid-19 confirmed with a positive test.
The survey results come after the city of Aberdeen was put back into lockdown yesterday.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants were shut and the city's population of more than 200,000 people were banned from travelling more than five miles from their homes.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday said 54 infections were reported in the local Covid-19 outbreak - double Tuesday's figure - and all indoor and outdoor hospitality venues were ordered to close by 5pm yesterday.
Meanwhile, local public health officials said Preston could be forced back into lockdown within days amid a spike in coronavirus cases.
Government data shows the Lancashire city's Covid-19 infection rate has more than doubled in the space of a week.
More than 34 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the week ending July 30, compared to little over 13 per 100,000 the week prior.
Preston now has the tenth highest transmission rate in the country, having moved up from 50th out of around 350 areas in England in mid-June.
The city now ranks above several other Lancashire towns already hit with tough new restrictions, including Burnley (16.9) and Hyndburn (17.3).
New measures affecting 4.5million people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire forbid people from different households from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens.
People in the region are also banned from mingling with different households in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues.
How Covid-19 cases have changed in Spain, Belgium, Finland, Greece, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, the UK, Luxembourg and Europe overall. The biweekly growth rate on any given date measures the percentage change in the number of new confirmed cases over the last 14 days relative to the number in the previous 14 days
Biweekly change in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Europe
The biweekly map shows how most countries in Europe have reported between a 25 and 200 per cent increase in cases in the past two weeks
A second wave of Covid-19 appears to be striking Europe, forcing Spain to reimpose lockdowns and cases spiking to a three-month high in Greece.
The head of Germany's doctors' union has declared that the country is already in the midst of its second wave because people have flouted social distancing rules.
And France's top scientific committee has warned the virus 'could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control'.
Greece's prime minister has urged the country to maintain social distancing after it recorded 121 new cases yesterday, the highest daily tally since April 22.
Italy - once the sickman of Europe - has managed to avoid an uptick, but two cruise ships are now quarantined in the Civitavecchia port in Rome.