More sick on a ventilator
“ We are seeing a decline in the overall number of COVID-19 patients, but so far it’s a matter of a few beds. However, we have recently observed a different tendency: more patients who, due to their serious condition, require a respirator – admits Piotr Gozdek, deputy medical director of the hospital in Tomaszów Lubelski, where there are 138 covid beds, including 16 ventilator beds. – This shows the condition in which patients come to us, also from outside our poviat, and unfortunately translates into a still high number of deaths in the entire region. Most of the patients are unvaccinated: young and middle-aged. There are also isolated cases of elderly people who become seriously ill despite vaccination. These are patients for whom COVID-19 is not the only disease – emphasizes Piotr Gozdek.
On Wednesday, new restrictions entered into force in Poland in connection with the Omikron variant. It is about the 50% limit. occupancy in churches, restaurants, hotels and such cultural facilities (for example cinemas, theaters, cultural centers), as well as at concerts. This also applies to sports facilities: swimming pools and aquaparks (so far it was 75%).
In addition, the limit of people at sports events organized outside sports facilities was reduced from 500 to 250 people. A maximum of 100 people can participate in gatherings and celebrations such as weddings, communions, as well as discos (so far 150 people). The limit does not apply to people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
In turn, in commercial facilities, as well as in gyms, fitness clubs, museums, art galleries, fairs or conferences, there is a limit of one person per 15 sq m. (so far one person per 10 sq m).
There are also new rules for people who travel to Poland from outside the European Union, the Schengen area and Turkey. Regardless of the means of transport, they are subject to a 14-day quarantine (so far 10 days). They may be exempt from it, among others in the case of full vaccination with a preparation authorized in the EU. Releasing from quarantine is possible on the basis of a PCR test performed 8 days after crossing the border.
Travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe cannot be released from quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated with a preparation recognized in the EU.
Until December 13, it is forbidden to land in Poland from southern Africa (Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe).