Pandemic situation in southern industrial region critical – minister

2021-03-31 19:56 update: 2021-04-13, 13:28
Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski. Fot. PAP/Andrzej Grygiel
Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski. Fot. PAP/Andrzej Grygiel
The pandemic situation in the southern province of Slaskie is critical in terms of both the number of Covid cases and the number of hospitalisations, the health minister said after a meeting in Katowice, the province capital.

Adam Niedzielski told a press conference on Wednesday that the main topic of the meeting of a provincial crisis team was the reallocation of patients.

“All Polish Medical Air Rescue units in the southern part of the country have been put on standby and will switch to round-the-clock shifts and, if necessary, will transport Covid-19 patients to other hospitals,” he said.

Niedzielski also announced that the number of beds in the country for Covid-19 patients would be increased by 3,000-4,000 this week and, in the post-holiday week, by another 4,000. He also pointed out that the peak of the third wave of infections will take place either this or next week.

"At the moment, we have more or less over 40,000 beds available nationwide, which is slightly more than we had during the second wave," he added.

Later in the day, Niedzielski said that the region will receive additional shipments of vaccines in the near future. "We will simply direct part of the vaccine reserves we have to the region," the minister told Radio Katowice.

"Unfortunately, there are no signs that the number of infections will fall in the near future as the dynamics of (new) cases in the Slaskie province is constantly higher than the average for Poland," the minister said.