Wrocław Coronavirus Update: April 25th

Today’s coronavirus update includes news on protests at the German border, extended school closures, and thermal imaging cameras at shopping centres.

As the coronavirus crisis develops, the news is coming thick and fast. Here are just some of the local and national coronavirus stories that have broken in the last 24 hours:

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław rises to 363

According to Gazeta Wrocławska’s live feed, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław has increased from 362 to 363 since our last update. Sadly, the total number of people from Wrocław who have died from the virus has also risen from 9 to 11. The latest people to lose their lives to the virus are a 73-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man. 

Across Poland, the coronavirus case count currently stands at 10,892.

494 people have sadly died in Poland as a result of the virus.

Special testing team deployed to help medics return to work

Wrocław’s University Clinical Hospital have set up a team dedicated to testing doctors and nurses who have been self isolating at home

The mobile testing unit will travel to the medics’ homes, with the primary aim being to get quarantined doctors and nurses safely back to work.

Disturbed MPK prankster finally arrested

A man who has been tormenting passengers on public transport was arrested yesterday after weeks and weeks of complaints on social media. The man has reportedly been seen belching, coughing and even spitting at people on Wrocław’s  trams – reprehensible behaviour at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. 

His bizarre antics were finally put to a stop yesterday thanks to the help of the driver on tram number 8, who stopped his vehicle and called the police when he saw the prankster disturbing passengers again. 

The man was not wearing a mask on the tram yesterday, which means he is almost certain to receive a huge fine. The police are also keen to speak to people who have been harassed by him.

Thermal imaging cameras could be installed in shopping centres

A report on wp.pl claims that the Polish Government are currently in talks with shopping centre managers to decide on what restrictions will apply when shopping malls eventually open again.  

As you may have seen in yesterday’s update, it is rumoured that shopping centres will reopen on May 18th. 

However, it is said that shopping malls will only be able to open if they adhere to strict limits on the number of people allowed inside. They would also have to install thermal imaging cameras at entrances to prevent people with a temperature from entering.

LOT cancel all flights until May 15th

The Polish Government have decided to extend the suspension of air travel until the 9th of May, while non-EU borders are to remain closed until May 15th. As a consequence, Polish flag carrier LOT have cancelled all flights up until May 15th.

Medics offered free haircuts and massages

According to Radio Poland, some hairdressers, beauticians and masseuses have been offering female medics in Poland free sessions so as to thank them for their work on the front line against coronavirus.

Schools to remain closed until May 24th

Yesterday the Polish Government announced that universities, schools, preschools and nurseries will be closed until the 24th of May at the earliest. Classes will be conducted remotely in the meantime.

Cross-border workers hold protest in Zgorzelec

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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