The Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski and the President of the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Grzegorz Cessak, attended the press conference today. Here are the highlights of what they informed regarding the present pandemic situation in Poland:
- Poland’s population is around 38 million, and the country has reported 3,406,129 cases of the coronavirus and 81,688 deaths in total.
- Only about 54% of Poles are vaccinated against COVID-19, significantly lower than the EU average.
- There are 28,380 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection and 460 deaths on Wednesday. In terms of the number of infections, it is the highest daily report since 9 April 2021.
- Children of age group, 5 – 11 are already vaccinated in the United States and Israel. This week, the European Medicines Agency is to issue a recommendation for the EU. A green light is expected. If this is the case, vaccination of younger children in Poland is to start from around mid-December.
- While some European countries are once again imposing stricter regulations, Poland has stressed the importance of enforcing current rules about masks and social distancing rather than imposing regulations.
- Poland will have to tighten COVID-19 restrictions if it does not see daily cases decreasing soon. It is expected to reach the highest level of new cases (around 40,000 per day) by the first week of December.
- Increased restrictions in Poland would involve, schools converting to online mode of educations, lowering limits on number of people allowed in public places, and cancelling all public events.