As the lockdown headed towards its fifth week on April 9, people across the country were continuing to use well-established coping techniques of video calls with friends and family.

General levels of anxiety about the impact of coronavirus and loneliness fell slightly, with people’s biggest concern remaining their inability to make plans.

The data also showed that people are increasingly likely to break the rules, with 83.5 per cent saying they had followed stay at home guidance in the past seven days, compared to 85.4 per cent the week before.

Men are the least compliant, with 81.7 per cent following Government instructions to the letter, but the biggest drop in compliance was among women.

Between April 3 and 13, 89.5 per cent of women said they had only left home for daily exercise, to buy essentials, for medical purposes or to travel to work if they could not work from home, but this dropped to 85.3 per cent between April 9 and 20.

Compliance levels are consistently highest among the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

The ONS said: “Of the 16.5 per cent who said they had left their home for something else, the main reason was to run errands.”

Behavioural scientists say the main reason people break social distancing measures is necessity rather than rebellion, and women are known to carry out most domestic chores.

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