A new survey suggests that more Canadians believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is not over as concerns mount about a fourth wave of infections driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Fifty-four percent of online respondents from Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is over, compared with 63 percent who believed it in a survey last month.
Leger Executive Vice President Christian Bourque said there is a nine percent drop in the percentage of people who believe the worst is behind them and a six percent increase in the percentage of those who say the worst is yet to come. .
“We are seeing an impact from all the talk about the Delta variant,” he said. “It’s scaring some Canadians.”
The survey also found that 73 percent of Canadians believe governments should not lift all restrictions related to COVID-19 at this time.
Bourque said the number increased by three points since another poll asked the same question last month.
The online survey of 1,534 Canadian adults was conducted on July 30 and August 1, and cannot be assigned a margin of error because Internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.
Canada’s top doctor warned last week that the country is at the start of a fourth wave of COVID-19 that could lead to a sharp resurgence in cases if public health restrictions are lifted before rates rise. vaccination.
“The trajectory will depend on a continued increase in full vaccination coverage and the timing, pace and scope of the reopening,” said Dr. Theresa Tam on Friday as she revealed a new model of COVID-19.
“While some resurgence is expected as measures soften, this updated model shows that if we maintain current levels of community-wide contacts, we would expect to see a modest increase in cases.”
Meanwhile, the new poll found that the majority of Canadians regularly watch the Olympics held in Tokyo.
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52 percent of those surveyed say they are following the competitions and performances of athletes and 61 percent say the Olympics are still relevant.
“We wanted to find out because some people were saying, ‘Well, because of COVID and because of … the cost of the Olympics, is it still relevant to have some kind of those big international competitions?'” Bourque said.
“Most people, six out of ten, say, ‘Yes, they are still important.’
The survey also suggests that 82 percent of Canadians believe that female athletes should be able to wear whatever clothing they want while playing sports.
A controversy over what some female athletes can and cannot wear began weeks before the Olympics when Norway’s women’s beach handball team was fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms in a Beach Handball Euro tournament match. 2021.
Last week, the German women’s gymnastics team took the floor for their first competition at the Tokyo Olympics wearing unitards with leggings that extended to the ankle. The gymnasts said the choice of costumes was intended to push “against sexualization” in women’s gymnastics.
This Canadian Press report was first published on August 4, 2021.
– With files from The Associated Press
This story was produced with financial assistance from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.