7 of 10 Pinoys doubt number of infections reported by gov’t

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    SEVEN out of 10 Filipinos doubt the accuracy of the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections and deaths being reported by the government, believing there is over-reporting or under-reporting involved, the September 17 to 20 mobile survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

    The survey, which involved 1,249 adult Filipinos nationwide with a margin of error of ±3 percent, showed that about 70 percent of the respondents had mixed opinions on the accuracy of the number of COVID infections in the country, with 39 percent saying the real number is “probably over-reported” or probably more than what is reported while 31 percent said it is “probably underreported” or less than the actual infections.

    SWS said 23 percent believed the number of cases reported by the government was “probably right.”

    The survey results also showed that 64 percent of the respondents also doubt the accuracy of the government report on the number of COVID-19 related deaths composed of 34 percent that said that it is “probably over-reported” and another 34 percent that said that is “probably under-reported”. Twenty-seven percent said the number of deaths is “probably right.”

    SWS said “the reported number of COVID-19 positives is seen as least accurate in Metro Manila” with only 14 percent of the respondents from the region saying the cases being reported by the government is “probably right,” followed by those from Luzon (23 percent), Visayas (24 percent) an Mindanao (31 percent).

    The survey firm said more people from Metro Manila (44 percent) claimed the number of COVID-19 positive cases reported by government is “probably over-reported” followed by those from Luzon (41 percent), Mindanao (36 percent), and the Visayas (36 percent).

    More people from Metro Manila or 38 percent also said the reported number of COVID positive cases is “probably under-reported,” followed by those from the Visayas (35 percent), Luzon (28 percent), and Mindanao (28 percent).

    SWS said the “reported number of Covid-19 deaths is also seen as least accurate in Metro Manila “with only 20 percent saying that the number of COVID-related 19 deaths being reported by the government is “probably right,” followed by those from Mindanao and the Visayas (29 percent each), and Luzon (26 percent).

    More people from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (35 percent each) believed that the number of COVID -19 related deaths reported by government is “probably over-reported” followed by those from Metro Manila (31 percent); while more respondents from Metro Manila (46 percent) said the government report on COVID -related deaths was “probably under-reported” followed by those from are highest in Metro Manila (46 percent), followed by Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao (32 percent each).

    In terms of educational attainment, more people who are elementary graduates (31 percent) believed in the accuracy of the government figure on confirmed COVID -19 cases followed by those who had some elementary education (26 percent), high school graduates (22 percent), and college graduates (18 percent).

    More people who are elementary graduates (31 percent) believed the accuracy of the government’s reports on COVID-19 related deaths, followed those who are high school graduates (26 percent), college graduates (23 percent), and those with elementary education (21 percent).

    More people who are high school graduates (44 percent) believed that the number of COIVD-19 cases reported by the government was probably more than the actual cases while more non-elementary graduates (34 percent) said the government figures were probably less than the actual cases.

    More colleges graduates (37 percent) believed at the COVID-related deaths reported by government was more than the actual number of cases while more non-elementary graduates (39percen)s aid the government figure is less than the actual cases.