In addition to the British mutation, the South African mutation of the coronavirus appeared in Poland; the first case comes from the vicinity of Suwałki - said Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski on Friday. He added that both mutations will contribute to accelerating pandemic processes.
At the press conference, the head of the Ministry of Health drew attention to the growing number of people hospitalized due to COVID'19 and the increased number of tests performed in recent days.
At the same time, he pointed out that the only parameter that is decreasing and remains stable is the number of deaths. "A week ago, the average daily death rate was 244, this week it is 199. Please remember, however, that despite the fact that this is very favorable information, unfortunately this parameter always reacts with a delay in relation to the increase in the number of infections" - he noted.
The minister emphasized that the increase in pandemic indicators should be justified by two elements - the emergence of the British coronavirus mutation and the reduction of social discipline.
"I have just received information that in addition to the British mutation, a South African mutation has appeared in Poland. We have the first case of this mutation identified by a laboratory of the Medical University in Bialystok. The case comes from the vicinity of Suwałki" - said Niedzielski.
Both mutations - he added - "are elements that will act to accelerate pandemic processes".
The head of the Ministry of Health once again called for compliance with the restrictions. He recalled the recent events from Zakopane. "Unfortunately, this social discipline together with mutations are critical elements that determine and will determine the pace at which the pandemic will develop in the coming days, in the coming weeks," he said. The minister emphasized that the scale of the increase in infections caused by the third wave depends on us "(PAP)
Author: Karolina Kropiwiec