Poland has reported 954 coronavirus-related deaths in the previous 24 hours, by far the highest since the pandemic began, the health ministry has said, APA reports citing BBC.
The number of deaths is 42% higher than the previous record of 674 set during the peak of the second coronavirus wave in November.
A health ministry spokesman said the record was due to the recent surge in new infections and all-time high hospital admissions, but also because there was a delay in reporting deaths during the Easter holiday period, so Thursday’s figure reflects the number of deaths over a longer period than usual.
The number of new infections reported on Thursday was 27,887, up 87% from Wednesday, but lower than an all-time high last Thursday. The UK variant of the virus is responsible for 90% of all new cases, health ministry officials say.
Poland’s third coronavirus wave is testing the health system’s capacity to the limit, with 78% of available hospital beds and ventilators now occupied.
In the worst affected province of Silesia, some patients have been relocated to less burdened hospitals in neighbouring regions.
In total, Poland has reported 2,499,507 cases and 56,659 virus-related deaths. Some 15.6% of adults have received at least one vaccine dose.