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Poland records record deaths from coronavirus and announces the return of restrictions

Poland records record deaths from coronavirus and announces the return of restrictions

Poland records record deaths from coronavirus and announces the return of restrictions

The Ministry of Health of Poland reported this Thursday the death of 497 people due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 28,128 new infections, while the Government announces the imminent return of restrictions in hotels and public places.

Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski, who made the data public, stressed that they are very similar to the previous day (460 deaths and 28,380 new infections) and concluded that “we are approaching the peak of the fourth wave.”

“The numbers are constantly increasing because, compared to the previous week, they are higher, although the percentage increase is relatively low, around 15% more than last week”, affirmed the minister.

“Everything indicates that this week or the next we will reach the peak of this wave”, added.

The Polish health authorities estimate that the critical moment of the pandemic during this fourth wave It will arrive in the next few days and will last one or two weeks, during which time some 40,000 new cases will be registered daily.

In recent days, the Polish Deputy Minister of Health, Waldemar Kraska, warned that it is “practically inevitable” that restrictions will be reimposed throughout the country.

Although the scope of these measures has not yet been specified, Kraska pointed out that they will include a reduction in the allowed capacity in shops, hospitality establishments and closed public places and that they will come into effect at the beginning of December.

At the moment, in Poland, 75% of the seats in cinemas, theaters and shows are allowed to be occupied indoors and there is a capacity of one person for every 10 square meters of surface in bars, restaurants and shops.

It is also recommended to maintain a safety distance of one and a half meters between people and the use of a mask is mandatory in public transport and closed public places.

In Poland, 19,087 people remain hospitalized with covid, of which 1,657 require ventilation; the occupancy of the beds equipped for covid patients is 80% and 73% of the available ventilators are in use.

Two weeks ago, the number of patients admitted for covid in the country, where only half of the population has received the full vaccination schedule, was 58% lower.

Despite the government’s efforts to encourage the population to get vaccinated, with even a state lottery that raffles cars and money among those who receive the puncture, anti-vaccine groups proliferate and vandalism against vaccination centers have occurred.

To date, more than 3.4 million covid infections have been registered in Poland and 81,688 deaths have been certified from this disease.

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