Today’s coronavirus update includes news on the worrying results of a behavior survey, where to buy masks, and Saxony’s offer of help.
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:
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław increases to 261
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław has increased from 246 to 261 since our last update.
Across Poland, the coronavirus case count currently stands at 6,088.
201 people have sadly died in Poland as a result of the virus.
Dresden coronavirus tests done for free “to help a friend”
As we reported earlier this month, swabs from 200 Lower Silesians are tested for coronavirus everyday in Dresden. The results are available after just 2 hours, significantly less than the equivalent processing time in Poland.
It has now emerged that the local government in Saxony are happily picking up the bill for the ultra-fast tests, which are currently being used to check the health of frontline medical staff in our region.
Coronavirus spreads to every single hospital in Wrocław
Coronavirus has now been found in every single hospital in Wrocław. Koszarowa hospital is of course dedicated to treating coronavirus patients, however the virus has reportedly been found in either patients or staff in every other Wrocław hospital too.
The news comes as other medical facilities in Lower Silesia continue to fall victim to coronavirus. Paramedics in Strzelin tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, leaving the town without an ambulance team to call on. On top of that, a Cartitas medical centre in Jelenia Góra has recorded one cornavirus-related death and 29 cases of coronavirus.
Yesterday it was found that over 30% of those who have tested positive for coronavirus became infected at a hospital.
Gazeta Wyborcza publish list of pharmacies with masks and disinfectants
Gazeta Wyborcza have published this handy list of pharmacies that stock masks and disinfectants. Naturally, some places may sell out in the coming days. However, as of next Thursday, covering your mouth and nose in public will be mandatory – so you may as well get yourself a mask if you have the chance.
Some pharmacies only stock single-use masks, while others have re-usable masks – check the article linked above for info. If your Polish isn’t the best, Google translate will do the trick.
Children of key workers call for public to stay at home
In a video published by the police authorities in Legnica, children of doctors, paramedics, police and other key workers have pleaded with the public to stay at home.
Professor Simon: bans on forest walks and exercise are “madness”
A professor spearheading Wrocław’s battle against coronavirus has strongly criticised some of the Polish Government’s emergency restrictions.
Professor Simon, who is to be awarded by Wrocław City Council for his work, is in complete agreement with the government’s decision to close shopping centres, pubs, gyms, theatres, cinemas and other indoor spaces where people gather.
However, he is less keen on the restrictions preventing exercise. In an interview broadcast on TVN24, Simon described the ban on entering forests as “crazy” and said that physical exercise can “prevent the spread of infection, unlike drinking vodka and quarreling at home.” He also expressed the opinion that the restrictions are “excessive” and that the government’s approach “is not right.”
Simon added that many patients are being admitted to hospital with liver problems caused by alcohol abuse. He therefore considers misuse of alcohol to be a much bigger issue than people going for walks in forests.
Study reveals significant minority of Poles could flout emergency laws
A survey published by Onet indicates that a large proportion of the Polish population are not able to guarantee their compliance with the government’s emergency restrictions.
Only 48% of those surveyed said that they would definitely follow the government’s emergency restrictions. Meanwhile, over one third of respondents said that they couldn’t rule out spending Easter with people outwith their household.
Should the latter figure be an accurate reflection of the Polish populace, asymptomatic coronavirus patients could potentially spread the virus all over the country. That would in turn wreak havoc in rural communities in particular, as there are nowhere near enough medical facilities to deal with coronavirus clusters in villages and towns.
National Bank of Poland: stores must accept cash
Since the start of the epidemic in Poland, shops across the country have pleaded with their customers to pay via card or phone. This is due to the theory that the virus can easily spread via the exchange of banknotes and coins.
However Poland’s National Bank have stressed that shops must obey the law, which means accepting cash as a means of payment.