Wrocław Coronavirus Update: 27th March

Today’s coronavirus update includes news on Sky Tower’s tribute to medical staff, the problems facing Poland’s beauty industry, and the rescheduling of the city’s biggest beer festival.

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 go up to 95

Today the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław has increased from 90 to 95. Across Poland, the coronavirus case count currently stands at 1244.

Hairdressers, cosmetic salons and barbers crying out for state support

Gazeta Wyborcza reports that 130,000 businesses in the beauty industry, including hairdressers, cosmetic salons, nail salons, tattoo parlours and barbers, are not currently eligible for the government’s coronavirus “shield” support.

Although the above businesses are allowed to open, they cannot operate without staff being in close contact with their clients. As a consequence, some have decided it is safer to close down. Others have stayed open, but are suffering from a huge drop in business.

Many believe such establishments shouldn’t be open anyway given the need for physical distancing measures.

Ryanair pay cut even lower than reported

In yesterday’s update we included a report in Gazeta Wyborcza regarding pay cuts at Ryanair. The article stated that staff hours are being cut to 16 hours a month. However, according to a Ryanair staff member who contacted us privately, the real number is 12 hours a month – a cut that will see pilots earn 7 times lower than normal.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs warn foreigners about scammers

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned foreigners about scammers who are fraudulently obtaining money by falsely claiming to be state officials. You can find more details on the scam in English here

Coronavirus crisis causes dramatic drop in footfall

A consumer survey carried out by dlahandlu.pl has found that the coronavirus crisis has resulted in significant reductions in footfall in shops, pharmacies and petrol stations. In some cases, the drop has been more than 50%.  

Wrocław Good Beer Festival to be rescheduled

Tuwroclaw.com are reporting that the organisers of the Wrocław Good Beer Festival will move their event to early autumn. The festival was due to take place in May, but unfortunately it is not safe to hold a mass event so soon. 

Sky tower pays tribute to Wrocław’s medical staff

Last night a giant blue heart was projected onto Sky Tower to show support for Wrocław’s doctors and nurses. The gesture will be repeated again this evening. 

Wrocław City Council give hospitals additional funding

Wrocław President Jacek Sutryk has announced that the city will give hospitals an additional 1.7 million złoty to help them deal with coronavirus pandemic.

Suspected coronavirus patient flees hospital to get drunk at home

A 69-year-old woman from Środa Śląska decided to run away from Wrocław’s Koszarowa hospital yesterday, despite the fact she was suspected of having coronavirus.

According to Gazeta Wyborcza, the woman left A&E, took a taxi home and then got drunk along with 3 other people. The woman told the police that she had gone home because she “felt healthy.” Her entire household is now under quarantine.

Gazeta Wyborcza launch English language news page

Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza have launched an English language news service, allowing foreigners to access more info on the coronavirus crisis. The new service adds to the growing list of websites with daily news on Poland in English.

The Polish Government already operate 3 such sites, thenews.pl, polandin.com and thefirstnews.com. However, they are all effectively banned from showing the current administration in any kind of a bad light.

Besides Wyborcza’s new page, there’s also TVN24 and Notes From Poland. On top of that, conservative news channel Telewizja Republica offer a daily YouTube news report in English. 

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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