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More Filipinos are now worried about catching COVID-19 and fear "the worst is yet to come" in the health crisis, a recent survey shows in a report by CNN Philippines.

Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll conducted from September 12 to 16 and released on Tuesday found 91% of adult Filipinos are worried that anyone in their immediate family might get infected with the coronavirus.

This is up four percentage points from June's 87%, and ties the record-high level reached during the November 2020 period, the SWS said.


Meanwhile, four percent of respondents said they were a "little worried" about contracting the disease while five percent said they were not worried.

The SWS added the percentage of those worried about COVID-19 rose in all areas, with the highest score listed in the Visayas (95%). Mindanao logged 94% while Metro Manila and Balance Luzon recorded 91% and 88%, respectively.

Another record high

A majority of Filipinos were also not optimistic with their pandemic outlook, with 60% of respondents — another record-high — believing that "the worst is yet to come."

The score is up from 39% in June, and also breaches the previous record of 57% in July 2020, according to the SWS.

On the other hand, 38% of respondents think the worst of the pandemic is already "behind us."

The percentage of those who believe the "worst is yet to come" increased in all areas, with the highest seen in Balance Luzon (65%). This was followed by the Visayas (62%), Metro Manila (61%), and Mindanao (49%).

The nationwide poll was conducted through face-to-face interviews and included a sample of 1,200 adults.

The survey had a ±3% error margin, and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

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