HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Two out of three Singaporeans remain concerned about COVID-19:Manulife research

Around 60% of the respondent's to the life insurer's survey say they are not confident to be part of crowds, while 65% still fear going outside.

Financial services provider Manulife conducted a survey on 1,000 Singapore residents that has found a high number of them are feeling uncertain about  returning to normal social and economic activity after the pandemic is over.

The survey found that people are confident to resume essential activities, but were still wary with outdoor entertainment, lifestyle, and fitness activities. Only 53% of the respondents showed confidence of eating out, and 48% felt confident about returning to the gym. Attending live events or watching a movie attracted only 33% and 31% of the survey's respondents, respectively.

Other than getting infected with COVID-19, the respondents were wary of long queues, large crowds, and having to sign in and out of different places, the survey also found.

However, despite the health risks of COVID-19, Singaporeans are more concerned about the economy (68%) and job security (59%), over the physical health of them or their loved ones (57%). Over 53% of respondents also indicated that they were worried about their personal and family finances. In 40% were also concerned about emotional and psychological wellbeing.

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