More Canadians think COVID-19 will worsen as Delta variant spreads: poll

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A caller canvass suggests much Canadians judge the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has not passed arsenic concerns emergence astir a 4th question of infections driven by the dispersed of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Fifty-four per cent of respondents to an online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies accidental the worst of the COVID-19 situation is already over, compared with 63 per cent who believed truthful successful a survey past month.

Leger enforcement vice-president Christian Bourque said determination is simply a 9 per cent driblet successful the percent of radical who judge that the worst is down america and a six per cent summation successful the percent of those who accidental the worst is yet to come.

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“We are seeing an interaction of each the speech astir the Delta variant,” helium said. “It is scaring immoderate Canadians.”

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The canvass besides recovered that 73 per cent of Canadians judge that governments should not assistance each restrictions related to COVID-19 astatine the moment.

Bourque said that fig is up by 3 points since different survey asked the aforesaid question past month.

The online canvass of 1,534 big Canadians was carried retired July 30 and Aug. 1, and it cannot beryllium assigned a borderline of mistake due to the fact that internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.

Canada’s apical doc warned past week that the state is astatine the commencement of a 4th question of COVID-19 that could pb to a crisp resurgence successful cases if nationalist wellness restrictions are lifted earlier vaccination rates prime up.

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“The trajectory volition beryllium connected an ongoing summation successful afloat vaccinated sum and the timing, gait and grade of reopening,” Dr. Theresa Tam said Friday arsenic she revealed caller COVID-19 modelling.

“While immoderate resurgence is expected arsenic measures are eased, this updated exemplary shows that if we support existent levels of community-wide contacts, we would expect to spot a humble summation successful cases.”

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Meanwhile, the caller survey recovered that a bulk of Canadians regularly ticker the Olympic Games that are taking spot successful Tokyo.

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Fifty-two per cent of the respondents accidental they are pursuing the competitions and the athletes’ performances and 61 per cent accidental the Olympics are inactive relevant.

“We did privation to find retired due to the fact that immoderate radical were saying, ‘Well, due to the fact that of COVID and due to the fact that of ? the outgo of the Olympics, is it inactive applicable to person benignant of those large planetary competitions?”’ Bourque said.

“A bulk of people, six retired of 10, say, ‘Yes, they are inactive important.”’

The survey besides suggests that 82 per cent of Canadians judge that women athletes should beryllium capable to deterioration immoderate apparel they privation portion playing sports.

A contention astir what immoderate women athletes tin and cannot deterioration started weeks earlier the Olympics erstwhile Norway`s women’s formation handball squad got fined for wearing shorts alternatively of bikini bottoms successful a lucifer astatine the Beach Handball Euro 2021 tournament.

Last week, the German women’s gymnastics squad took the level for their archetypal contention astatine the Tokyo Olympics wearing unitards with leggings that stretched down to the ankle. The gymnasts said the wardrobe prime was intended to propulsion “against sexualization” successful women’s gymnastics.

— With files from The Associated Press

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