Poland reports record rise in coronavirus cases, approaching lockdown threshold




  • In US
  • 2020-11-05 09:45:17Z
  • By External Contributor
Poland reports record rise in coronavirus cases, approaching lockdown threshold
Poland reports record rise in coronavirus cases, approaching lockdown threshold  

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland reported a record 27,143 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, approaching a threshold at which the government has said it could be forced to impose a nationwide lockdown.

On Wednesday, the government announced new restrictions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and said it would impose a full lockdown if cases continue to surge.

The next threshold at which tougher measures would be required is 29,000-30,000 average daily cases for a week, government spokesman Piotr Muller told public radio station Polskie Radio 1 early on Thursday.

The country also reported 367 deaths on Thursday, just short of a record.

The health ministry said that, as of Thursday, COVID-19 patients occupied 19,114 hospital beds and were using 1,615 ventilators. There are 28,010 beds and 2,144 respirators available.

Most shops in shopping malls, theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas will close from Saturday. All school pupils who are not already working remotely will start to do so from Monday, while hotels will remain open only for business guests.


(Reporting by Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Gareth Jones)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Portugal to shut schools as pandemic worsens: Lusa news agency
Portugal to shut schools as pandemic worsens: Lusa news agency
  • US
  • 2021-01-21 10:26:37Z

Portugal is preparing to shut all kindergartens, schools and universities from Friday to tackle a steep rise in coronavirus cases, Lusa news agency and...

Farm laws: India ready to put controversial laws on hold for 18 months
Farm laws: India ready to put controversial laws on hold for 18 months

This government proposal comes after multiple rounds of failed talks between both sides.

Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy
Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy

Thai officials on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a popular former politician, accusing him of defaming the monarchy by broadcasting criticism of...

South African experts urge government to lay out COVID-19 vaccine plan
South African experts urge government to lay out COVID-19 vaccine plan
  • US
  • 2021-01-20 08:08:51Z

South African healthcare experts are urging the government to share a detailed plan for administering COVID-19 vaccines with private sector partners who are ...

Thai leader threatens punishment for false vaccine news
Thai leader threatens punishment for false vaccine news
  • US
  • 2021-01-19 13:32:44Z

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned Tuesday that his government will prosecute anyone who shares false information about coronavirus vaccines in...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US