We would be happy if the number of daily coronavirus infections remained at 10,000 this week. This would indicate that the transmission of the virus in society is declining, ” said Professor Andrzej Horban, the prime minister’s chief adviser for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health announced 10,139 new cases of coronavirus infections and 540 deaths on Tuesday. About 22,000 unreported cases have been added to the total number of cases. The ministry also said more than 33.7 thousand tests have been conducted for the presence of coronavirus.
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Professor Horban: The restrictions are starting to work
Professor Andrzej Horban, the prime minister’s chief adviser for COVID-19, was asked on Wednesday on Polish Radio 24 about the reasons for the decline in the number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus infections in recent days.
– If new rules of social behavior were put in place a month ago, which some call restrictions, but these are measures to keep the epidemic from spreading, then they must one day take action. It took about two weeks to start working, which stabilized the number of infections at about twenty thousand diagnosed per day, ”he replied.
– This is a huge number if we compare it to the newly diagnosed number in the spring or in the summer – he noted.
However, the prime minister’s chief advisor for the fight against the epidemic noted that the number of new coronavirus infections that the Ministry of Health will announce in the coming days will be significant. – We see it today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow. If this trend goes down, there could even be 5,000 on Friday, he estimates.
– We would be happy if the number of newly diagnosed patients reached 10,000 this week. This would show that the transmission of the virus in society is declining, ” said Professor Horban.
As he said, the data on the number of infections may not be completely accurate, but most importantly data on the number of deaths, data on the number of people to be hospitalized, and data on the number of people coming in for testing because they have symptoms of infection.
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