Bosnia, Poland (AP)-After a surge in infections in Central and Eastern Europe in recent weeks, Polish hospitals have struggled a lot during the Easter weekend, with a large number of people infected with COVID-19.
In order to reduce the infection rate, Poland ordered a new two-week pandemic restriction measures around Easter. The country has set a new record of more than 35,000 daily infections in the past two days, and hundreds of people die every day.
The purpose of the new restrictions is to prevent large gatherings from being held on long weekends until the end of Easter Monday. At the same time, the government is also trying to speed up the introduction of vaccines in the country, but the pressure on the country’s hospitals remains unabated.
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“This is difficult because there are many patients,” said Bozena Gicala, a nurse who treats COVID-19 patients.
She said that the support of colleagues is essential to deal with unprecedented situations.
Another nurse, Ewa Ptak (Ewa Ptak) said that she herself has COVID-19 and is helping those who are suffering more than her.
“Thank God, I didn’t go to the hospital for medical treatment, I am fine. But I know what it is, I just want to help others.” Ptak said.
An 82-year-old patient, Edward Szumanski, expressed concern that some people still refuse to regard the virus that has killed 2.8 million people around the world as a threat. Poland has witnessed the deaths of 55,000 of them.
“The disease must be there, and it is very serious. Those who have not experienced it, those in the family who have not experienced it, may deceive themselves and others, but the reality is different,” he said.
Szumanski said he is also worried that the hospital’s ICU space will soon be used up and more people will die. There have been warnings and reports in the Polish media about how the country’s health care system will reach a tipping point.
Jaroslaw Gucwa, the hospital’s medical director, said that those who thought it was a prank, avoiding hoods or ignoring restrictions made the pandemic worse.
The hospital is so tight that “patients still in need of further treatment are still being discharged” to make room for the next patient who is seriously ill. This is not normal,” he added.
Poland recorded 204 new COVID-19 deaths on Easter Sunday, but the numbers in recent days have been much higher, most of which are about 500 per day. On Wednesday, this figure hit the highest figure of this year, 653.
“The most difficult part is when you intubate your friends and put them in intensive care,” Guwa said.
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