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Poland confirms 20,816 new coronavirus cases, 143 more deaths

16.11.2020 10:50
Poland on Monday reported 20,816 new coronavirus infections and 143 more deaths, bringing its total number of cases to 733,788 and fatalities to 10,491.
A special bus, fitted with oxygen tanks, to carry COVID-19 patients to a field hospital in Warsaw amid a surge in infections.
A special bus, fitted with oxygen tanks, to carry COVID-19 patients to a field hospital in Warsaw amid a surge in infections.Photo: PAP/Piotr Nowak

Of the new cases confirmed by public health officials on Monday, 3,322 were in the southern coal mining region of Silesia.

Meanwhile, 2,436 new infections were reported in the central region of Mazowieckie, which contains the national capital Warsaw.

The western province of Wielkopolskie, which is home to the major city of Poznańhad the third-highest number of new infections confirmed by officials on Monday, at 2,400.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 127 people with pre-existing medical conditions and 16 who died directly because of COVID-19, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

On SundayPoland confirmed 303 deaths and 21,854 new coronavirus infections nationwide, compared with a record 548 deaths and 25,571 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 second-highest daily toll of 445 deaths related to the coronavirus.

22,458 in hospitals, 422,767 quarantined

The health ministry announced on Monday morning that 22,458 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals nationwide, 2,103 of them on ventilators, with a further 422,767 people quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure, and 28,528 under epidemiological supervision.

Meanwhile, 306,022 people have now recovered from COVID-19 throughout the country, including 11,239 over the last 24 hours, the health ministry also said.

Tougher measures to battle COVID-19 came into effect across Poland earlier this month 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, are allowed to 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.

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 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, recent 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 last week, while Spain has 841 and Britain reports 724.

Poland’s prime minister said last 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 in the middle of last week 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.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday his government has set up a working group with experts from Pfizer amid efforts to make a COVID-19 vaccine available to Poles as quickly as possible.

Morawiecki on Friday also talked with executives from global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca as part of efforts to secure a COVID-19 vaccine for Poland, state news agency PAP has reported.

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Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info