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Poland's COVID-19 cases hit new daily high of 21,629

30.10.2020 10:45
Poland reported a record rise in coronavirus infections for the fourth consecutive day on Friday, confirming 21,629 new cases, the most since the pandemic hit the country in early March.
Amid mounting infections and deaths, Poland is all set to launch a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients at the National Stadium in Warsaw, officials have announced.
Amid mounting infections and deaths, Poland is all set to launch a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients at the National Stadium in Warsaw, officials have announced.Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

The death toll increased by 202, according to public health authorities.

A total of 340,834 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Poland since the pandemic began, and 5,351 have died in connection with the COVID-19 respiratory disease so far, officials announced.

Of the new cases confirmed on Friday, 3,416 were in the central region of Mazowieckie, which contains the national capital Warsaw and the mid-sized cities of Płock and Ostrołęka.

Meanwhile, 3,082 new infections were reported in western Wielkopolskie province, which is home to the major city of Poznań.

The north-central Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, where multiple outbreaks have emerged in recent weeks, had the third-highest number of new infections confirmed by officials on Friday, at 1,954.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 167 people with pre-existing medical conditions and 35 who died directly because of COVID-19, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

On Thursday, Poland reported its highest daily toll of 301 deaths related to the coronavirus and 20,156 new infections nationwide, compared with 236 deaths and 18,820 fresh cases a day earlier.

15,444 in hospitals, 496,213 quarantined

The health ministry announced on Friday morning that 15,444 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals nationwide, 1,254 of them on ventilators, with a further 496,213 people quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure, and 49,503 under epidemiological supervision.

Meanwhile, 134,724 people have now recovered from COVID-19 throughout the country, including 5,457 over the last 24 hours, the health ministry also said.

Tougher measures to battle COVID-19 came into effect across Poland at the end of last week following a surge in cases.

The entire country is now covered by restrictions that were previously limited to areas most affected by the coronavirus.

Children under 16 are allowed to leave their homes only under the supervision of an adult between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, pubs, restaurants and cafes are only allowed to provide take-aways and delivery orders.

Gatherings of more than five people have been forbidden, though people who live or work together are exempt from the rule.

Also, the government has appealed to people aged over 70 not to leave their homes unless necessary.

Poland this month introduced special shopping hours for people aged over 60 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Secondary schools and universities throughout the country have switched to distance learning. Meanwhile, primary schools are still providing in-person instruction to younger pupils.

Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, strict new rules came into effect in the country earlier this month under which everyone is required to wear a face covering when going out in public.

Beginning Saturday, October 10, people must cover their mouths and noses when outdoors in public places as well as in most indoor environments nationwide.

Amid an escalating outbreak, the country has decided to set up a network of temporary hospitals to treat coronavirus patients.

With 118 COVID-19 deaths per million population, Poland remains far less affected by the coronavirus epidemic than many other countries in Europe, recent statistics have shown.

To compare, Belgium has 931 deaths per million residents since the start of the pandemic, according to data released by the Polish health ministry on Tuesday, while Spain has 741 and Britain reports 662.

(gs/pk)

Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info