In connection with the Omikron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the government announced on Monday a number of new restrictions that will apply from December 1. They will include ban on flights to 7 countries, new limits at weddings, cinemas, churches, gastronomy and extension of the quarantine for travelers from the non-Schengen zone.
– We are somewhere at the height of the fourth wave. Now we expect that either these increases will slow down and remain at this stable level. But of course we are also thinking about the more optimistic scenario that this number will drop. This way of thinking has so far assumed that we have the situation under control, i.e. we are able to manage the fight against the pandemic in a predictable way, having an idea of what will be the increases, trends and what will happen on the side of hospitals – said Minister Adam Niedzielski on Monday conference.
As reported, the government decided to introduce a number of restrictions in connection with the new COVID-19 variant from December 1. The first part is the issue of quarantine for people traveling to Poland from non-Schengen countries, and the second is the restriction on people who can participate in indoor events. We write more about this in the article: Minister Niedzielski’s conference on the Omikron variant. New restrictions from Wednesday!
Prof. Simon warns of a new COVID-19 variant. “There will be a disaster”
The voice on the new mutation of the coronavirus was spoken by prof. Krzysztof Simon. Head of the infectious diseases ward at the hospital at ul. Koszarowa in Wrocław, notes that there is no reason to panic at the moment, but adds that we still do not have precise information about the omicron.
– Omicron is 500 times more infectious than previously known variants of the coronavirus. (…) If the omicron breaks through vaccine-induced immunity, it will be a disaster. So far, however, there is no indication of this. (…) mRNA vaccines can be modified very quickly. Adapt to the new variant and produce in four or six weeks – comments the scientist.
– Omicron does not scare me because we do not know much about it yet. (…) There is no need to panic yet – convinces prof. Krzysztof Simon.
Infectious diseases specialists appeal to the president and the prime minister
Urgent work on legal acts enabling the verification of vaccinations of employees or limiting the access of unvaccinated people to public places in closed spaces was called for, inter alia, to the president and prime minister infectious diseases specialists from PTEiLChZ.
Members of the Main Board of the Polish Society of Epidemiologists and Doctors of Infectious Diseases addressed an appeal and an open letter to President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski, Speaker of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek and Speaker of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki. They explained their speech “by the enormous number of cases and deaths caused by COVID-19, limited access to healthcare for patients with other diseases, and the uncertainty related to the emergence of new variants of the virus.”
“We, specialists in infectious diseases, members of the Main Board of the Polish Society of Epidemiologists and Doctors of Infectious Diseases, (…) call for urgent work on legal acts enabling employers to control the possession of the EU COVID Certificate (UCC) by employees and to undertake appropriate actions within the workplace. Undertaking urgent work on legal acts limiting access of people without UCC to public places in closed spaces or when it is impossible to keep distance. Take measures to eliminate and penalize high penalties vaccination fraud. to enforce already applicable laws on wearing masks in public confined spaces, “they wrote in the appeal.
The appeal, supported by all members of the Main Board of PTEiLChZ, was signed by the president of the Society, prof. dr hab. Robert Flisiak, vice-presidents – prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Pawłowska and prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Tomasiewicz, as well as Dr. med. Agnieszka Czauż-Andrzejuk, Dr. med. Alicja Kalinowska, prof. dr hab. Michał Garlicki, dr hab. Jerzy Jaroszewicz, prof. dr hab. Anna Moniuszko-Malinowska, prof. dr hab. Magdalena Marczyńska, dr hab. Anita Olczak, prof. dr hab. Sławomir Pancewicz, prof. dr hab. Anna Piekarska, dr hab. Katarzyna Sikorska, prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Simon and dr hab. Dorota Zarębska-Michaluk.
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(source: Fakt, PAP, Gazeta Wyborcza)