Polish hospitals have been battling a huge number of people infected with COVID-19 over the Easter weekend, following a huge outbreak of infections in Central and Eastern Europe in recent weeks.
In Poland, stricter new pandemic restrictions have been ordered for two weeks around Easter to slow the level of infection. Over the past two days, the country has set new records for more than 35,000 daily infections, with hundreds of deaths each day.
The purpose of the new restrictions was to prevent large gatherings during the long weekend that ended on Easter Monday. Meanwhile, the government is also trying to speed up the spread of vaccines in the country, but the pressure on hospitals in the country is still relentless.
On Easter Sunday, coronavirus patients filled almost all 120 beds at the Bochnia District Hospital, 40 kilometers east of the southern city of Krakow.
“It’s a difficult situation because there are so many patients,” said Bozhena Gikala, a nurse who treated patients with COVID-19, and spoke to Associated Press reporters who visited the hospital.
According to her, the support of her colleagues is extremely important in managing an unprecedented situation.
Another nurse, Eva Ptak, said she had endured COVID-19 herself and aimed to help those who were suffering more than she was.
“Thank God, I went without a hospital, and I was fine. But I know it is, and I just want to help people,” Ptak said.
One patient, 82-year-old Edward Schumansky, expressed concern about how some people still refuse to see the virus, which has killed more than 2.8 million people worldwide as a threat. There were about 55,000 such deaths in Poland.
“The disease, of course, is and is very serious. Those who have not survived it, those who do not have it in the family, can deceive themselves, but the reality is different,” he said.
Sumansky also said he was also concerned that hospitals could soon run out of intensive care and that more people would die. There have been warnings and reports in the Polish media about how the national health care system is reaching a tipping point.
The hospital’s medical director, Yaroslav Hukva, said the pandemic was exacerbated by those who believed it was a hoax and avoided masks or ignored restrictions.
The hospital is so stressed that patients are still being discharged who still need additional treatment, “to make room for the next in critical condition. This is not a normal situation,” he added.
On Easter Sunday, Poland registered 204 new deaths from COVID-19, but in recent days the numbers have been much higher, mostly around 500 a day. On Wednesday, they reached a maximum for 653 this year.
“The hardest thing is when you intubate your friends and leave them in intensive care,” Gukva said.
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