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Poll shows nearly half of Canadians visited loved ones during the holidays

A woman pulls a suitcase past the Christmas tree on the concourse of Waterloo Station in central London, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Millions of people in England have learned they must cancel their Christmas get-togethers and holiday shopping trips. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that holiday gatherings can’t go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England. Victoria Jones/PA via AP

A survey conducted found that nearly half of Canadians polled visited loved ones over the recent holidays.

The survey, conducted by the firm Léger in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies, indicates that 48 per cent of respondents visited people who do not reside with them, while 50 per cent refrained from doing so.

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In the weeks leading up to the holiday break, public health officials from various governments in Canada called on people to greatly limit their contact due to sharp increases in coronavirus cases across the country.

The survey indicates that 62 per cent of respondents have little or no confidence that the spread of COVID-19 in communities can be contained over the coming weeks.

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On the other hand, 87 per cent of survey participants would support a total foreign travel ban if enacted, at least before a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada occurs.

The survey was carried out among 1,506 people between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3, when the news reported that several Canadian elected officials had decided to travel abroad for the holidays.

-The Canadian Press

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