Poland accepts Slovak patients amidst pandemic

Poland has taken in Covid-19 patients from neighbouring Slovakia, a Polish health official has said.

A nasal swab test for SARS-CoV-2, being performed  by Polish medics at an elementary school in Bratislava, Slovakia.

A nasal swab test for SARS-CoV-2, being performed by Polish medics at an elementary school in Bratislava, Slovakia.Source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

„There are three patients in Poland at the moment,” deputy health minister Waldemar Kraska told the private Polsat News TV broadcaster on Saturday. „We know that others are yet to come,” he added.

The transfers were all of people in a serious condition from Covid-19 who needed to be on ventilators.

Poland’s southern nieghbour Slovakia, with a population of just 5.5 million, reported one of the world’s highest fatality rate from the virus, having recorded over 24 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants over the past fortnight.

The authorities in Slovakia said Poland and Germany had each so far made 10 beds available for their patients.

Poland was also waiting to hear from the Czech authorities about the arrival of a first patient from that country, Kraska announced.  He added that the ministry designated hospitals which will help.

The Czech health minister on Friday said the country might begin to transfer Covid-19 patients to Poland, Germany and Switzerland as soaring infection and death rates threaten to overwhelm hospitals.

Poland’s south-western neighbour the Czech Republic, has recently reported a fatality rate of 22.5 people per 100,000 inhabitants according to official data.

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Source: PAP, IAR, AFP

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