Today’s coronavirus update includes news on the reopening of the Hydropolis, the end of the obligation to wear masks outdoors, and calls to open the Czech border.
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 remains at 572
According to Gazeta Wrocławska’s live feed, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wrocław has not risen since our update on Wednesday.
However, the number of people who have died from coronavirus in Wrocław has gone up from 36 to 37.
Across Poland, the coronavirus case count currently stands at 20,619. Meanwhile, 8,731 people in the country have recovered from COVID-19.
982 people have sadly died in Poland as a result of the virus.
Yesterday’s increase in cases was the 3rd-highest since the start of the epidemic
Poland recorded 476 new cases of coronavirus yesterday, the 3rd-highest daily total since the start of the epidemic in the country. Most of the new cases were detected in the mining region of Silesia, which has established itself as the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Poland.
Testing in Lower Silesia almost 4 times lower than in Mazowieckie
According to data published by money.pl yesterday, the Mazowieckie Voivodeship are conducting almost four times more coronavirus tests per person than here in Lower Silesia.
More testing obviously detects more cases, therefore the official number of coronavirus cases in our region could be deceptively low.
Prime Minister encourages citizens to visit restaurants and hotels
During a press conference in Lower Silesia yesterday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki declared his wish to see Poles kick-start the country’s tourist industry.
Holidays are coming, so I encourage everyone to go to the Polish mountains, lakes and forests . Thanks to this, we will rebuild the few months we lost due to coronavirus faster.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
Obligation to wear masks outside to end in the near future
During the same aforementioned press conference, Morawiecki also stated that the government was “preparing to remove the obligation to wear face masks outside.”
Morawiecki said that the wave of the epidemic was falling, and that “the next set of restrictions will be relaxed in the following weeks so that these holidays are quite normal.”
Sobótka hit by influx of traffic and visitors
The nearby town of Sobótka, which lies at the foot of Ślęża mountain, has been swamped with traffic in recent weeks.
According to the Mayor of Sobótka, Mirosław Jarosz, the town is suffering from a lack of parking spaces, as well as the liquidation of the local traffic police. As a consequence, many drivers are parking in just about any spot they can get away with.
Sobótka’s proximity to Wrocław, as well as its mountain trails, make the town extremely popular with daytrippers. Sobótka is not currently linked by rail either, which means visitors either travel to the town by car or bus.
Marshal of Lower Silesia wants Czech border open
The Marshal of Lower Silesia, Cezary Przybylski, has called on the authorities in Poland and the Czech Republic to open the border between the two countries.
We see no reason for further restrictions on crossing the Polish-Czech border. Full opening of borders would greatly support trade and local tourism.
Marshal of Lower Silesia, Cezary Przybylski
In an open letter published on Facebook, Cezary Przybylski also urged the government to allow free travel between Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany.
According to tuwroclaw.com, the Czech Republic are planning to open up their borders again at the turn of the month.