A POLL by the Romsey Advertiser has revealed nearly 60 per cent of participants believe the UK should not go into a second lockdown.

As reported, the Government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, warned the UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus cases a day by mid-October if no action is taken.

He stressed that would lead to about "200-plus deaths per day" a month after.

This comes as health secretary Matt Hancock claimed Britain is at a “tipping point” and refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown if the public fails to follow social distancing rules.

A poll on the Advertiser’s Twitter page, which provides a small snapshot into the situation, found 56 per cent of voters believe the UK should not go into another lockdown.

However, 44 per cent of respondents believed this would be the right move in a bid to stamp out the deadly bug.

A post on the Advertiser's Facebook page asking readers to share their thoughts on whether the UK should enter a second lockdown sparked a debate.

These are some of the comments.

One woman wrote: "No, I don’t think we should enter a second lockdown. It would be disastrous for the economy and the majority of people's wellbeing and long term health.

"We can't continue this cycle waiting for a vaccine that may never come."

However, another person said: "Yes, if the Government offered a Universal Basic Income (UBI)."

One woman added: "Before a second lockdown all staff in every shop should wear a mask or shield unless [they're] behind a shield around the cash point.

"People should respect the rule of six and all demo and large events should be dealt with by the police or army."

Two community leaders also had their say on another lockdown, with one stressing rules can't keep "chopping and changing for everybody because it is too disruptive".

Deputy leader for Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC), Cllr Nick Adams-King, said: "I voted no on the poll because I think giving advice to particular areas of the country or specific groups that are particularly vulnerable is a much better way forward than constantly chopping and changing the rules for everybody since that is too disruptive to people's lives.

"A second lockdown implies schools closing again and I previously saw the effect of having to teach from home.

"Given the degree of risk to them versus the damage to their education by not going to school it is much better they go to school."

Cllr John Parker, who represents the Romsey Tadburn ward, said: "It very much depends on what the data shows over the next couple of weeks.

"If the trend in terms of cases, hospital admissions and deaths continue to rise then the Government needs to take some form of action, whether it's a full lockdown, a regional one or something in between."