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Free tests and shorter quarantine. What else will change?

At the press conference organized by the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski, the new rules applicable in the fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic were presented. What will change? Among others, quarantine period, free testing was introduced and access to medical care was facilitated for people over 60 years of age.

Changes in the fight against coronavirus – press conference

The prime minister raised two topics – related to the coronavirus and corrections as part of the Polish Deal. – The fifth wave differs in that we are dealing with the Omikron, which is much more contagious, therefore we note records of infections – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki began the conference.

Then the head of government announced what changes will be introduced in the near future. – Today, after RZZK, we proposed some changes in the fight against the virus. We will be preparing more covid beds in hospitals. Today the number of occupied beds is decreasing, but we expect that it will change in 7-10 days – he said and added that from 27 January there will be free antigen tests at any pharmacy. – We are increasing the testing possibilities. We must put a lot of emphasis in the area of ​​limiting contacts – hence the recommendation to work remotely wherever possible – said the Prime Minister. He also outlined changes in healthcare for infected people over the age of 60. – Our seniors are the most vulnerable. Therefore, for people over 60 years of age we are implementing a new mechanism. Anyone tested positively will be able to be examined within 48 hours, also at home, by a general practitioner.

There was also a change in the duration of the quarantine. – We shorten the period of stay in quarantine to 7 days. – he informed. The changes are expected to apply from Monday, January 24, 2022.

Coronavirus – New Rules:

  • from January 27 free tests in pharmacies: free, without a referral, entered into the EWP system (Register of Entry to Poland)
  • recommendation of remote work,
  • every patient over 60 years of age, after obtaining a positive COVID-19 test, will be able to have a home medical visit within 48 hours,
  • the period of stay in quarantine will be reduced to 7 days.

Coronavirus in Poland – statistics from January 21, 2022

The health minister explained that we currently have a week of “pandemic explosion” behind us. – The escalation of the coronavirus pandemic affects the scenarios we have prepared. The most favorable ones assume the apogee at the level of 60 thousand. infections daily, the worst even 140 thousand. The apogee of the pandemic may be in mid-February or early March – he announced at the conference. – The coming weeks will show how the growing number of infections will translate into the scale of hospitalization. There are definitely fewer people who need hospital care in countries where the number of vaccinated people is high, said the head of the Ministry of Health.

On January 21, 2022, 36,665 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection were recorded, originating in the following voivodeships: Mazowieckie (6227), Śląskie (5923), Małopolskie (4207), Dolnośląskie (3203), Wielkopolskie (2587), Podkarpackie (2403), Pomorskie ( 2251), Łódź (1765), Lublin (1697), West Pomeranian (1410), Kuyavian-Pomeranian (1158), Warmian-Masurian (1138), Świętokrzyskie (715), Opole (699), Podlasie (585), Lubuskie (514) ). 183 infections are data without specifying an address, which will be supplemented by the sanitary inspection. 67 people died due to COVID-19, 181 people died due to the coexistence of COVID-19 with other diseases.

Source From: Dziendobry

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