Australians increasingly worried about coronavirus threat: survey

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CANBERRA, July 28 (Xinhua) — The proportion of Australians who are concerned about the threat posed by COVID-19 has risen amid a spike in cases.

A survey of 1,058 Australians published by The Guardian on Tuesday found that 43 percent were very concerned about the pandemic, up from 36 percent in mid-July.

Respondents in Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), where there is sustained community transmission of the virus, were the most likely to be very concerned.

Almost 40 percent of all respondents said they were expecting tighter restrictions to be imposed in their area.

The survey also found that Australians are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

In June, 22 percent of respondents thought it would take two years for mandatory quarantine measures for international arrivals to be lifted but that figure has grown to 32 percent.

More than a quarter of participants said they fear that population-wide resistance to COVID-19 will never be achieved.

Thirteen percent of respondents were either strongly or somewhat opposed to wearing face masks to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Support for wearing masks in Victoria, where they have been made mandatory, was at 74 percent.

The National Cabinet, which is composed of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders, reaffirmed their commitment on Friday to the suppression strategy.

“The goal of that is obviously, and has always been no community transmission,” Morrison said. Enditem

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