WARSAW, January 28. /TASS/. The number of patients hospitalized after contracting coronavirus fell for the first time since October last year in Poland to less than 14,000 people, according to data released by the country's Ministry of Health on Thursday.
At the end of the last day, the department reported 389 deaths and 7,156 new coronavirus cases. In total, starting from March 4, when the first coronavirus case was detected in the country, 1,496,665 people were infected with it, 36,443 died, 1,250,892 recovered.
There are about 13,879 patients with coronavirus in Polish hospitals at the moment, 1,406 of them are connected to mechanical ventilation devices. More than 178,000 people are in quarantine. At the moment, the country has a total of 29,500 beds for COVID-19 patients and 2,800 ventilators.
Poland maintains the pandemic regime announced by the authorities in March. Until January 31, a nationwide quarantine is in effect in the country. Cultural institutions, sports complexes, hotels, ski slopes and shops are closed, with the exception of food, household stores and pharmacies. People are encouraged to stay at home and work remotely. A mask regime has been introduced throughout the country, restaurants, cafes and bars are only open to take away. Gathering in groups of more than five people is prohibited.
In the coming days, the authorities are expected to report on a minor relaxation of previously imposed restrictions. Unofficially, local media reported the possibility of opening stores from February 1.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.