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Poland confirms 5,068 new coronavirus cases, 63 more deaths

13.10.2020 10:45
Poland on Tuesday reported 5,068 new coronavirus infections, its second-highest daily surge so far, and 63 additional deaths, bringing its total number of cases to 135,278 and fatalities to 3,101.
Cars line up outside a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in the southern Polish city of Kraków.
Cars line up outside a drive-through COVID-19 testing site in the southern Polish city of Kraków.Photo: PAP/Art Service

Of the new cases confirmed on Tuesday, 898 were in the southern province of Małopolskie, which includes the historic city of Kraków.

Meanwhile, 522 new infections were reported in the central region of Mazowieckie, which contains the national capital Warsaw.

The country's southern Silesia coal mining region had the third-highest number of new infections confirmed by officials on Tuesday, at 441.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 60 people with pre-existing medical conditions and three who died directly because of COVID-19, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

On Monday, Poland reported 35 deaths and 4,394 new coronavirus infections nationwide, compared with 32 deaths and 4,178 fresh cases a day earlier.

On Saturday, October 10, Poland reported 53 deaths and a record 5,300 new cases, the most since the pandemic hit the country in early March.

On Thursday, October 8, the country reported its highest daily toll of 76 deaths related to the coronavirus.

5,669 in hospitals, 212,446 quarantined

The health ministry announced on Tuesday morning that 5,669 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals nationwide, 421 of them on ventilators, with a further 212,446 people quarantined for possible coronavirus exposure, and 33,533 under epidemiological supervision.

Meanwhile, 82,004 people have now recovered from COVID-19 throughout the country, including 803 over the last 24 hours, the health ministry also said.

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

The new rules kicked in after officials last week announced a stepped-up battle against the coronavirus epidemic following a surge in both COVID-19 infections and deaths.

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

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Saturday that Polish schools would stay open for now despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases nationwide.

He also announced planned new measures to protect senior citizens, who are among those with the highest risk of dying from a COVID–19 infection.

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski this month announced “zero tolerance” toward people who flout sanitary rules amid the spike in infections, warning that offenders would be "severely punished."

A senior official said on Monday that Poland was not ruling out introducing a state of emergency if the COVID-19 crisis worsened dramatically in the future.

With 70 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 867 deaths per million residents, according to data released by the Polish health ministry last Tuesday, while Spain has 689 and Britain reports 623.

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Source: IAR, PAP, TVP Info