More than half of Filipinos believe worst of COVID-19 pandemic has yet to come â SWS
In this Sept. 8, 2020, photo, a health worker puts a quarantine wrist band on a resident of Calocan City after administering a COVID-19 swab test.
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More than half of Filipinos believe worst of COVID-19 pandemic has yet to come — SWS
( - September 15, 2020 - 3:14pm

MANILA, Philippines — Over half of Filipinos believe that the worst of the COVID-19 crisis has yet to come, a national poll released Tuesday found.

The survey, conducted by the Social Weather Stations from July 3 to July 6, found that 57% of respondents are still bracing themselves for the worst of the pandemic, marking a 10% increase from the 47% who said the same last May.

"On the other hand, those saying 'the worst is behind us' fell from 44% in May 2020 to 35% in July 2020, while those who did not give an answer stayed at 8%," SWS said.

According to the national poll, the proportion of those who fear that the worst is yet to come is highest in Metro Manila at 70%, marking a sharp rise of 20 points from the previous 50% recorded in May.

In the Visayas, 61% believe the same, marking a seven-point increase from the 54% recorded two months previously.

This sentiment also grew in Balance Luzon, which saw a proportion of 43% in May grow to 56% in July, but relatively unchanged at Mindanao at 49%.

"On the other hand, those who say 'the worst is behind us' are highest in Mindanao (41%), followed by Balance Luzon (35%), the Visayas (33%), and Metro Manila (26%)."

"Compared to May 2020, those who say 'the worst is behind us' fell from 49% in Balance Luzon, from 43% in Metro Manila, and from 38% in the Visayas. It hardly moved from 42% Mindanao," the survey added.

SWS: Fear highest among those whose quality of life worsened 

Adults whose quality of life were found to be worse in July compared to the year before also made up the highest proportion of those who feared that the worst from the pandemic is still coming.

A separate survey published in August found that 79% of adults say their quality of life worsened compared to last year. Of these, 60% fear that the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, SWS said.

The same fear holds true at 48% even for those whose said their quality of life improved since last year and 45% for those whose quality of life remained unchanged.

Across all respondents whose quality of life worsened, improved, and remained unchanged since last year, there was an increase in proportion of those who believed that the worst of the pandemic still awaits.

The latest SWS poll was probability-based survey conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing among 1,555 working-age Filipinos nationwide. Sampling error margins are at ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas and ±5% for Mindanao.

The Department of Health on Monday reported 4,699 new COVID-19 cases along with a record-high of 259 new deaths. 

This brought the national caseload to 265,888, still the highest in Southeast Asia, and the total number of deaths to 4,630. 

It has been 182 days since the Philippines was first put under lockdown, marking the highest community quarantine period in the world. 

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— Bella Perez-Rubio 

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LATEST UPDATE: September 18, 2020 - 12:35pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

September 18, 2020 - 12:35pm

All private and public cemeteries, memorial parks and columbarium will be closed from October 29 to November 4, as decided upon by the inter-agency task force on COVID-19.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also announces that the IATF has approved maximum of 30% of venue capacity in cemeteries, memorial parks and columbarium from September 17 to November 15.

September 17, 2020 - 12:04pm

The one-meter rule in public transportation will remain until President Rodrigo Duterte decides on the matter, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

Roque, also spokesperson of the inter-agency task force on COVID-19, said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade manifested this in their meeting.

September 15, 2020 - 11:58am

About 57% of Filipinos fear "the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is yet to come", according to a Social Weather Stations survey released Tuesday.

The same poll shows that 35% of Filipinos said "the worst is behind us."

The probability-based survey survey was conducted from July 2 to 6 using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing among a nationally-representative sample of 1,555 working-age Filipinos nationwide.

September 14, 2020 - 12:08pm

Former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle may have picked up COVID-19 at the airport or in the airplane, according to CBCP acting president Pablo Virgilio David.

Tagle tested negative for the coronavirus in Rome last September 7 and was allowed to make the trip home. He tested positive on September 11 upon arriving in Manila.

"Cardinal Chito came home also to visit his elderly parents in Imus, Cavite. Now he is prevented from doing so because he has to stay in isolation in the next 14 days. Fortunately, he is asymptomatic," David says.

September 14, 2020 - 9:08am

The Department of Health urges the public to use transport options that can afford at least 1-meter distancing, as the Department of Transportation eases restrictions in public transport.

The DOH enjoins all Filipinos to be extra vigilant in situations where distancing cannot be practiced.

"Further, we ask all Filipinos to continue to practice all elements of BIDA—wearing of masks and face shields, handwashing and physical distancing. Based on evidence, the level of protection increases when the practices are combined," the DOH says.

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