More Filipinos think COVID-19 pandemic will worsen, says survey

Patients leaving an isolation facility in the Philippines. Photo: Department of Health/FB
Patients leaving an isolation facility in the Philippines. Photo: Department of Health/FB

At least 57% of Filipinos believe that the “the worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus pandemic, a survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said today.

The percentage is 10% higher than the SWS survey done in May, which showed that 47% held the same belief. Most of those who live in Metro Manila, the epicenter of the pandemic, believe that things will take a turn for the worse, with 70% predicting this outcome. This was followed by the Visayas, at 61%, Balance Luzon (or areas in Luzon excluding Metro Manila) at 56%, and Mindanao at 49%.

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Meanwhile, respondents who believe that the worst of the pandemic is “behind us” is highest in Mindanao at 41%, followed by the rest of Luzon (35%), the Visayas (33%), and Metro Manila (26%).

College graduates are more likely to believe that the situation will worsen, with 63% saying this was so, followed by junior high school graduates (59%), non-elementary graduates (50%), and elementary graduates (49%). Those who believe that the worst of the pandemic is over are highest among those who didn’t graduate from primary school with 41%, followed by elementary graduates (38%), junior high school graduates (34%), and college graduates (33%).

Conducted from July 3 to 6, the survey was conducted among 1,555 Filipinos aged 18 years old and above. The number is composed of 306 respondents from the National Capital Region, 451 from Luzon, 388 in the Visayas, and 410 in Mindanao.

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Quarantine restrictions have been eased throughout most of the Philippines despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. As of yesterday, the country has the highest number of cases in Southeast Asia with 265,888, including 207,504 recoveries and 4,630 deaths.

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