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Poland confirms 21,713 new coronavirus cases, 173 more deaths

09.11.2020 10:45
Poland on Monday reported 21,713 new coronavirus infections and 173 more deaths, bringing its total number of cases to 568,138 and fatalities to 8,045.
An ambulance outside a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
An ambulance outside a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients at the National Stadium in Warsaw.Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Of the new cases confirmed by public health officials on Monday, 4,373 were in the southern coal mining region of Silesia.

Meanwhile, 2,650 new infections were reported in the southern province of Małopolskie, which includes the historic city of Kraków.

The western province of Wielkopolskie, which is home to the major city of Poznań, had the third-highest number of new infections confirmed by officials on Monday, at 1,983.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 128 people with pre-existing medical conditions and 45 who died directly because of COVID-19, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

On Sunday, Poland confirmed 236 deaths and 24,785 new coronavirus infections nationwide.

On Saturday, November 7, the country reported a record 27,875 new single-day cases, the most since the pandemic hit the country in early March.

On Friday, November 6, Poland reported its highest daily toll of 445 deaths related to the coronavirus.

20,967 in hospitals, 376,567 quarantined

The health ministry announced on Monday morning that 20,967 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals nationwide, 1,804 of them on ventilators, with a further 376,567 people quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure, and 41,403 under epidemiological supervision.

Meanwhile, 219,371 people have now recovered from COVID-19 throughout the country, including 10,008 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 amid a second wave of the pandemic.

Shopping malls have been ordered to limit their operations until at least November 29, though some retail outlets, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores, will stay open to customers.

Hotels are only able to take in guests on business trips. Theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries have been told to close temporarily.

Schools and universities throughout the country have returned to distance learning, with the youngest primary school children switching to remote classes from Monday.

Under restrictions announced last month, children under 16 are only allowed to leave their homes 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 last month introduced special shopping hours for people aged over 60 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, strict new rules came into effect in the country last 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 155 COVID-19 deaths per million population, Poland remains less affected by the coronavirus epidemic than some other countries in Europe, recent statistics have shown.

To compare, Belgium has 1,011 deaths per million residents since the start of the pandemic, according to data released by the Polish health ministry last week, while Spain has 775 and Britain reports 689.


Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info