Today’s coronavirus update includes news on e-learning in schools, help and voucher schemes, plus debate on whether the presidential election should be postponed.
As the coronavirus inevitably exacerbates, the news is coming thick and fast. Here are just some of the local Coronavirus stories that have broken in the last 24 hours:
Confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław rise slightly to 48
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in our city rose slightly from 46 to 48 today.
The confirmed coronavirus case count in Poland is currently 452. Yesterday, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski warned the number of coronavirus cases in Poland could break 10,000.
Schools to stay closed until Easter; children to learn remotely
Yesterday evening it was announced that Poland’s schools would remain closed until April 14th. Children will nonetheless continue to learn at home, as from March 25th pupils will be required to participate in remote classes.
Shopping centre restrictions tightened
The Polish Government have also amended the emergency law that determines what shops may open within a shopping centre. The changes make it clear that so called ‘island’ shops (the open air kiosk-like sales points located in the middle of a shopping mall’s passageways), must close.
430,000 litres of bootleg vodka to be used as disinfectant
Reuters reports that Poland is to use 430,000 thousand litres of confiscated vodka as disinfectant for cleaning surfaces.
Kaczynski says presidential elections must go ahead as planned
PiS boss Jarosław Kaczynski has stressed that Poland’s presidential elections must go ahead on May 10th, despite the coronavirus crisis. His comments come after a poll for tabloid newspaper Super Express found that 70% of Poles want the election postponed.
Help exchange market set up
A help exchange portal has been set up to allow people to provide aid and assistance to those who need it during the coronavirus crisis. Several hospitals have already used the site in order to call for help.
Queue system set up as Koszarowa braces for more suspected coronavirus patients
Staff at Koszarowa hospital have erected a number of barriers to try and organise an orderly queue for the coming days, when the number of suspected coronavirus patients is set to soar.
Voucher scheme launched to aid tourism and hospitality industries
Lower Silesia’s regional government have launched a voucher scheme to help companies in the tourism and hospitality industry. Would-be diners and travelers can purchase the vouchers for use after the coronavirus crisis has receded, thereby helping the cash-flow of many restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions.