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Poland confirms 22,683 new coronavirus cases, 275 more deaths

12.11.2020 11:45
Poland on Thursday reported 22,683 new coronavirus infections and 275 more deaths, bringing its total number of cases to 641,496 and fatalities to 9,080.
Coronavirus in Poland: A makeshift hospital under construction to treat coronavirus patients in the southern city of Kraków.
Coronavirus in Poland: A makeshift hospital under construction to treat coronavirus patients in the southern city of Kraków.Photo: PAP/Łukasz Gągulski

Of the new cases confirmed by public health officials on Thursday, 3,911 were in the southern coal mining region of Silesia.

Meanwhile, 2,232 new infections were reported in the western province of Wielkopolskie, which is home to the major city of Poznań.

The southern province of Małopolskie, which includes the historic city of Krakówhad the third-highest number of new infections confirmed by officials on Thursday, at 2,132.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 223 people with pre-existing medical conditions and 52 who died directly because of COVID-19, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

On WednesdayPoland confirmed 430 deaths and 25,221 new coronavirus infections nationwide, compared with 330 deaths and 25,484 fresh cases a day earlier.

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.

21,899 in hospitals, 404,352 quarantined

The health ministry announced on Thursday morning that 21,899 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals nationwide, 2,008 of them on ventilators, with a further 404,352 people quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure, and 27,706 under epidemiological supervision.

Meanwhile, 254,349 people have now recovered from COVID-19 throughout the country, including 11,474 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 213 COVID-19 deaths per million population, Poland remains less affected by the coronavirus epidemic than some other countries in Europe, new statistics have shown.

To compare, Belgium has 1,125 deaths per million residents since the start of the pandemic, according to data released by the Polish health ministry this week, while Spain has 841 and Britain reports 724.

Poland’s prime minister said this week that millions of vaccines against the coronavirus were likely to reach his country next spring as part of a European deal with drug makers.

The European Union on Wednesday struck a deal to buy up to 300 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine from US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

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Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info