New Delhi: As the Centre extended the lockdown for another two weeks from May 4, a survey has revealed that this is what most of the locked-up people wanted. Majority of respondents favoured continuation of the lockdown for another two weeks to fight coronavirus, according to a survey by think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). The second round of Delhi National Capital Region Coronavirus Telephone Survey (DCVTS), conducted during April 23-26 by the NCAER, is based on responses from 1,800 adults. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Issues Guidelines, Makes Screening, Confirmed Tickets Compulsory For Passengers to Board 200 Special Trains From June 1
In the survey, respondents were asked whether they would support continuing the lockdown for an additional two weeks. Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shops, Parlours to Open in State, Govt Offices to Function in Full Strength From June 1
In Round 2 (April 23- 26), about 88 per cent of respondents expressed some degree of support for continuing the lockdown for an additional two weeks, compared to 86 per cent in Round 1 (April 3-6). Also Read - Swara Bhasker Describes Struggle of Helping Migrant Workers: Have to Sift Through Filth in my Comments Section
In Round 1, 62 per cent strongly supported the continuation of the lockdown and 24 per cent expressed some support, it added. Round 1 of the DCVTS-1 was conducted between April 3 and 6 and responses of 1,756 adults were obtained.
When asked what activities they would resume immediately if the lockdown were to be lifted after May 3, more than a third of respondents said they would in effect continue social distancing.
Some 37 per cent of respondents were of the opinion that they would not resume activities such as going to their workplace, educational institutions, a bank, ATM or post office, a market, religious places, health facilities, visiting family and friends, or attending social functions, the survey showed.
On the impact of the lockdown on the livelihoods of people, the vast majority (82 per cent) of the phase 2 respondents reported some level of reduction in their income or wages in the two weeks before the Survey with the reduction being the highest for casual wage workers and businesses, similar to the findings of phase 1.
(With PTI Inputs)