The poll asked how concerned the respondents were about the spread of coronavirus and included five options to choose from – very concerned, slightly concerned, neither concerned nor unconcerned, not very concerned, and not concerned.

Concern index is based on respondents who answered that they are very concerned about the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 concern declines in the second week of September

The COVID-19 concern in September averaged at 41% declining from 45.6% in August and remaining at similar levels of 41.7% recorded in July. The concern during the first week of September averaged at 45% compared to 46.96% in the last week of August, as the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths globally remained stable.

The number of new cases and deaths reached 4.4 million and 68,000 respectively between 30 August and 05 September, a marginal increase from the previous week. The majority of the countries either reported a decline in cases or a similar trend as the week before.

The concern decreased further in the second week to 42.6% as the number of new cases declined for the first time in more than two months to four million, while the number of deaths also declined to 62,000. All the regions reported a decline in number of cases and deaths with the South-East Asia region reporting the largest weekly decline of 20%, followed by the American (9%) and Mediterranean (6%) regions between 06 September and 12 September.

Concern declines steadily in third week, reaches a low in the fourth week

The health concern declined to 41% as the number of new cases and deaths continued to decline. The number of new cases declined to 3.6 million between 13 and 19 September, while the number of deaths declined to 60,000, falling 7% over the previous week. The biggest decline was reported by the Eastern Mediterranean and South East Asia regions at 22% and 16% respectively compared to the previous week.

COVID-19 Health Concern September 2021_Chart

The COVID-19 concern reached the lowest levels witnessed in June at 37.7% in the fourth week. The number of new cases and deaths declined to 3.3 million and 55,000 respectively between 20 September and 26 September, a 10% decline from the previous week. The Eastern Mediterranean region continued to report decline in new cases at 17% compared to the previous week, while a similar trend was observed in the Western Pacific (15% decline), Americas (14%), Africa (12%) and South-East Asia region (10%).

The health concern rose marginally to 38% in the last week of September as the declining trend in new cases and deaths continued. More than 3.1 million new cases, a decrease of 9% compared to the previous week, and 54,000 deaths similar to the previous week, were reported between 27 September and 03 October. The largest decrease in new cases compared to the previous week was reported by African (43%), Eastern Mediterranean (21%), South-East Asia (19%), Americas (12%) and the Western Pacific (12%) regions.

The analysis is based on a total of 4,016 responses received from the readers of Verdict network sites between 01 and 30 September 2021.