Fourth wave of the coronavirus is accelerating in Poland and Europe

A victim of the coronavirus is evacuated from a hospital. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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The coronavirus pandemic is returning with force. In Poland, infection rates are surging and the number of people hospitalized due to the virus has more than doubled in the last two weeks.

The Polish Ministry of Health stated on social media that 19,074 new infections were recorded. The area with the highest infection rate was the Mazowieckie region (4,027 cases), followed by the Lubelskie region (2,123) and Silesia (1,307). Meanwhile, 75 people have died due to coronavirus, and 199 have died who contracted the disease but also had other underlying illnesses.

The total number of infections in Poland since the start of the pandemic now stands at 3,162,804, and a total of 78,524 people have died.

There are 12,030 patients with COVID-19 who are currently hospitalized, 1,006 of which are on ventilators. Last week, 8,595 people were hospitalized (713 required ventilators), while two weeks ago, only 5,863 were hospitalized (495 required ventilators).

Poland has 17,830 hospital beds prepared for patients afflicted by the virus and 1,587 ventilators. The Ministry of Health also said that 402,311 people were currently in quarantine, and there was a total of 2,764,351 people in recovery.

Poland is not the only European country to see a significant surge in infection rates. Germany saw infections jump to a record high on Thursday of 50,196, as did the Netherlands, with 16,364 new cases.

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