More than four in five people now following coronavirus guidance – but 600,000 still not complying 

Scientists need at least 75 per cent of population to comply with lockdown rules to stop spread of Covid-19

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street in central London on March 18, 2020, on his way to the House of Commons to attend Prime Minister's Questions
Boris Johnson has urged the public to follow government guidelines to relieve pressure on the NHS Credit: Getty Images

More than four in five people are now following the government guidance on coronavirus, according to the latest polling.

The exclusive Savanta survey for The Telegraph found that 83 per cent of British adults were "mostly" heeding Boris Johnson's advice to "stay indoors and save lives" – up four points from Wednesday.

The number saying they are "entirely" following the Government's advice is also up, with two in five (41 per cent) now saying this, up five points from Wednesday. Just one per cent said they were not following the advice "at all", as shown below, although that still accounts for over 600,000 people. 

Scientists and medical experts need at least 75 per cent of the population to comply with the lockdown rules to stop the spread of Covid-19 and relieve the pressure on the NHS.

Two in five (41 per cent) are now saying that they are self-isolating, up five points from Wednesday, which saw 51 per cent of people leave the house, the lowest total yet.

Almost half the population (45 per cent) are working from home when they would not ordinarily, the highest figure so far, while around a quarter (26 per cent) say their place of work requires them to attend, the lowest figure yet.

General activity from those who left the house continues to drop, with a quarter (27 per cent) visiting a supermarket, compared to 49 per cent this time last week, and one in 10 (nine per cent) saying they visited friends or family, down from 25 per cent this time last week.

One in 10 (10 per cent) of those who visited a supermarket said they did not see any empty shelves, up eight points since Saturday, suggesting stockpiling has slowed down and shelves are filling up again. 

The approval rating of the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has shot up since he gave a press conference on Tuesday announcing  that NHS Nightingale, a 4,000 bed field hospital, would be functioning at London's ExCel Centre as of next week. 

Although Mr Hancock has faced criticism for failing to ensure that hospitals and care homes have got enough personal protective equipment (PPE), his approval rating is now 49 per cent. The Prime Minister and Chancellor's approval ratings are still in the 40s. The Government's approval also continues to rise, up to 53 per cent from 23 per cent this time last week, as shown below.

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, is expected to unveil a series of measures on Thursday to ease the burden on the self-employed. The poll saw another rise in those who say that their disposable income has decreased, with two in five (39 per cent) of UK adults now saying they have less money coming in because of coronavirus.

More than half (55 per cent) of people still report that they are at least "very worried" about the outbreak, although the proportion that say they are "the most worried ever" has dropped a few points since Mr Johnson's address to the nation (down to 18 per cent from a high of 22 per cent).

Savanta's Chris Hopkins said: "The proportions of the British public who are adhering to the lockdown continue to rise, with four in five people now mostly following the Government's advice and fewer people leaving the house, visiting the supermarket or seeing friends and family since the Savanta Covid-19 Daily Tracker started. 

"However, Britons are clearly feeling something of a pinch, with four in five also saying that their disposable income has decreased due to coronavirus."