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Poland reports 16,047 new coronavirus cases, 423 more deaths

14.01.2022 10:35
Poland on Friday reported 16,047 new coronavirus infections and 423 more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the country's total number of cases during the pandemic to 4,281,482 and fatalities to 101,841.
Coronavirus in Poland: A hospital for COVID-19 patients in Warsaw.
Coronavirus in Poland: A hospital for COVID-19 patients in Warsaw.Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Of the new cases confirmed on Fridaythe most—2,812—were in the central Mazowieckie region, which includes the national capital Warsaw.

Meanwhile, 2,208 new infections were reported in the southern province of Małopolskie, which is home to Poland's second-largest city of Kraków.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 270 people with pre-existing medical conditions and 153 others who died directly because of COVID-19, the health ministry said.

On ThursdayPoland confirmed 481 deaths and 16,878 new coronavirus infections nationwide, compared with 684 deaths and 16,173 fresh cases a day earlier.

On April 8, 2021, the country reported its highest daily toll of 954 deaths related to the coronavirus.

On April 1, 2021, the Polish health ministry confirmed 35,251 new single-day cases, the most since the pandemic hit the country in early 2020.

Poland's first case of coronavirus infection was reported on March 4, 2020.

15,656 in hospitals, 226,269 quarantined

The Polish health ministry announced on Friday morning that 15,656 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals nationwide, 1,600 of them on ventilators, with a further 226,269 people quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure.

Meanwhile, 3,765,613 people have now recovered from COVID-19 throughout the country, the health ministry also said.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski has told reporters that the country is bracing for a peak in COVID-19 omicron cases in late January when up to 60,000 hospital beds could be needed for patients.

Public health authorities in the middle of last month confirmed Poland's first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant. Since then 327 more omicron cases have been detected, according to the health ministry in Warsaw.

A range of coronavirus restrictions took effect in the country in December as it seeks to fend off the new, highly contagious strain of the coronavirus.

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Source: IAR, PAP