Despite pleas from public health officials and politicians to limit their socializing over the winter holidays as part of the battle against COVID-19, a new poll suggests that a good number of Canadians–nearly half–decided to ignore the advice.
The Léger and the Association for Canadian Studies survey poll found 48 per cent of those surveyed visited with people outside their home, compared to 50 per cent who did not.
The online poll—conducted from December 30 to January 3–also found that overall satisfaction with federal government measures to fight the pandemic has fallen to its lowest point (62%) since March.
The poll, however, did supply a smidgen of good news for health professionals who are urging Canadians to get their anti-COVID vaccinations–as 71 per cent of the respondents said they plan to get vaccinated, an increase of five per cent from mid-December.
As well, 87 per cent said they would support a total ban on international travel until there are several consecutive days of reduced numbers of COVID-19 cases.
As of Tuesday morning, 611,424 COVID-19 cases and 16,074 deaths have been confirmed in Canada since the first case was reported in January.
And the numbers continue to climb.
There are currently nearly 26,000 active cases of the illness in the country’s most populous province
The seven-day average of new daily cases has now surpassed 3,000 for the first time.
In neighbouring Quebec, Radio Canada reported Tuesday that Premier François Legault had not yet decided whether to follow the advice of Quebec health officials who want the province to impose a curfew as COVID-19 cases rise.
The report came as Quebec reported over 2,500 new cases and 32 more deaths–bringing the number of persons who have died in the province from COVID-19 to 8,379.
The province has now registered at least 2,800 COVID-19 cases in a single day three times since last Wednesday.
In a bit of good news, Yukon began its immunization program at a long-term care facility in Whitehorse on Monday.
Agnes Mills, 83, and Mary Merchant, 103, were the first of about 50 residents and staff to receive their shots at the facility, Whistle Bend Place.
Yukon officials say they expect to get enough doses to immunize about 75 per cent of the territory’s population by the end of March.
With files from CBC News, The Canadian Press