Survey shows 55% Pakistanis believe Covid threat is ‘exaggerated’

Hassan NaqviReporter

05th Aug, 2021. 01:43 pm
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Close to 55 per cent Pakistanis believe that the coronavirus is an exaggerated threat, Gallup Pakistan’s ‘Coronavirus Attitude Tracker Survey Wave 11’ report revealed.

The detailed report aims to see how attitudes and perceptions regarding the deadly pandemic have shifted since the beginning of the pandemic.

Compared to 64 per cent who considered the threat of coronavirus to be exaggerated in March, the ratio has now decreased to 55 per cent in July.

The report showed a nine per cent decrease in the proportion of people from urban areas who think that the threat of coronavirus is exaggerated. In March, this belief was more common among people from rural areas, however, this number has fallen from 65 per cent to 54 per cent in July.

“While 46 per cent people were afraid in March that they or someone in their household would be infected by the virus, this number has fallen to 32 per cent in the previous month,” the survey showed.

A gender comparison showed that 35 per cent of females compared to 30 per cent males are afraid that they or someone in their household will be infected by the virus.

On the other hand, 37 per cent of Pakistanis still hold the opinion that coronavirus is a foreign conspiracy. This is a decrease from 45 per cent in March.

The survey revealed that respondents from Sindh and female respondents are most likely to consider coronavirus to be a foreign conspiracy. The survey also showed that 95 per cent Pakistanis claim that they have not contracted the coronavirus.

The report stated that willingness to get vaccinated has improved very slightly as compared to 65 per cent in March. In July 2021, 66 per cent of the people were willing to get vaccinated, provided it is safe to use.

The survey revealed that seven in 10 Pakistanis believe in the idea that going to wedding ceremonies, gatherings, congregational prayer or the openings of schools, colleges and markets cannot cause infection since God controls everything.

More males (72 per cent) believe in the idea that only God controls the spread of Covid-19 and hence the resumption of activities such as weddings, going to school cannot cause infection.

The survey mentioned that around six in 10 Pakistanis (59 per cent) do not know how to register through the government for vaccination.

“People in urban areas (49 per cent) are more aware of how to register through the government for vaccination as compared to those from rural settings (37 per cent),” the survey mentioned.

According to the survey, 86 per cent people are aware of texting one’s CNIC number to 1166 for the vaccination.

“Almost nine in 10 Pakistanis have not gotten themselves vaccinated for Covid-19 at all. More people have gotten vaccinated for Covid-19 in urban areas (17 per cent) as compared to rural areas (7 per cent),” the survey stated.

According to Gallup, there seems to be a certain level of faith in the government’s actions with 76 per cent of Pakistanis claiming that the government is handling the Covid-19 situation well.

“Almost 60 per cent of Pakistanis still do not know how to register through the government for Covid-19 vaccination, depicting a deficit of awareness amongst the masses,” the report stated.

The survey pointed out that the economic impact of Covid-19 seems to have gotten slightly better as compared to March 2021. Gallup Pakistan’s economic wellbeing indicator that had declined on four out of seven indicators in December have now witnessed improvement.

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