658 new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections were confirmed on Saturday. This is the highest result in Poland since the beginning of the pandemic. Another five people died. The greatest number of cases is still in Silesia, and new cases have appeared in all provinces in the country. See the map and graphs showing the course of the pandemic.
214 cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection confirmed on Saturday were recorded in Silesia, 157 – in Małopolska, 60 – in Mazovia, 42 – in the Łódź Region, 39 – in Wielkopolska, 26 – in Podkarpacie, 18 – in the Lublin Province, 17 each – in the Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodships, 15 each – in Lower Silesia and Western Pomerania, 11 – in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodeship, nine – in the Lubuskie region, seven each – in the Opole and Świętokrzyskie voivodships, and four – in Podlasie.
The Ministry of Health informs that more people suffering from COVID-19 have died. These are five patients hospitalized in Krapkowice (Opolskie), Gliwice, Chorzów and Racibórz in Silesia. They were between the ages of 55 and 94.
658 new infections confirmed on Saturday are the highest daily balance in Poland since the beginning of the pandemic. The existing record (657 cases) had been broken the day before and was one infection lower. Saturday’s balance is also 43 cases higher than the data from Thursday, when the infection was confirmed in 615 people. On Wednesday, the number of infections was lower by 146 (that day there were 512 infected people), and on Tuesday – by 156 (502 infections). On Monday, the balance was almost two times lower and amounted to 337 cases.
According to the data presented by the Ministry of Health for the previous week, 443 infections were confirmed on Sunday, 584 infections on Saturday, 458 infections on Friday, 418 on Thursday, 380 on Wednesday, 399 on Tuesday, and 279 on Monday, July 20.
Here is information about infections in individual provinces (based on the gov.pl website):
According to the announcements released on Saturday by the Ministry of Health:
– a total of 46 346 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were confirmed,
– 1,721 people died (What do we know about the dead?)– 1,841 “COVID-19 beds” in hospitals are occupied, – 74 respirators are in use, – 98,282 people are quarantined, – 8,241 people are under epidemiological surveillance, – 34,374 people have recovered.
The fourth stage of easing restrictions
On May 30, the fourth stage of easing restrictions began. From that day onwards, it is obligatory to keep a distance in open spaces, but without covering the mouth and nose. From July 25, the required social distance was shortened from two meters to one and a half meters. There are no limits on people in shops, offices, restaurants, depending on the area of the premises, but you must cover your mouth and nose. Masks must also be put on in public transport.
From May 31, churches no longer had limits on the faithful. Outdoor gatherings of up to 150 participants were also allowed. On July 17, this limit was increased and more people can take part in such events, provided they keep social distance.
From June 6, cinemas, theaters, massage salons, solariums, gyms and fitness clubs may be open. Discos and clubs remain closed.
The third stage of easing the restrictions
On May 18, the third stage of easing the restrictions was implemented introduced due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
What changed? – hairdressing and sanitary beauty parlors were opened (See >> What does a visit to a hairdresser during a pandemic look like? What do you need to know?) – it was possible partial commissioning of catering establishments,
– the limit of people in public transport has been increased: it is allowed to fill 30 percent of all standing and sitting places for a given vehicle, – children can leave the house without an accompanying adult guardian, – it is possible to use gyms, – open-air cinemas have resumed (in (including cars); (This change took effect on May 17, and at the end of this month, the rigors were relaxed even further).
The beginning of easing the restrictions
From May 4 we entered the second stage of easing the restrictions introduced in connection with the epidemic. Shopping centers, hotels, accommodation and museums were opened – still under strict sanitary regime. Orliki and other pitches are also open – however, no more than six people can stay there.
From May 6 some nurseries and kindergartens were opened.
The state of the epidemic was announced on March 20
The state of the epidemic was introduced on March 20. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki informed that the penalties for breaking the quarantine had been increased from PLN 5,000 to PLN 30,000.
A ban on gatherings was introduced. Restrictions also applied to religious rituals, workplaces and public transport.
Main photo source: Jakub Orzechowski / Agencja Gazeta