Warsaw, 21 October 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Poland reported 10,040 new cases of the coronavirus in the 24 hours through to Wednesday morning, the highest number since the pandemic began.
The latest cases bring the total number of infections in Poland since the pandemic’s outset to more than 200,000, Health Ministry data shows.
A further 130 people died of the virus in the past day, bringing the country’s death toll due to Covid-19 to 3,851.
Poland recently re-introduced a series of measures to stem the virus’ spread, making mask-wearing obligatory in public and capping the numbers allowed at public gatherings.
New restrictions may be announced on Thursday, according to government spokesperson Piotr Mueller.
“We do not want to introduce a lockdown like the one we had in the spring, but we want to introduce limitations which are necessary,” Mueller told a local TV station.
One measure could be introducing remote learning for older primary school pupils, the official said, according to PAP news agency.
Nearly 9,500 people are currently in hospital due to Covid-19, with 757 patients needing ventilators, according to the Health Ministry.
Concerns are growing in Poland over whether the health-care system has enough capacity to handle the growing number of patients needing hospitalization.
Poland plans to build temporary hospitals in each of its 16 regions.
The country has also reported shortages of medical staff and that the standard of care is falling for patients who are suffering from other diseases.