Poles flocking to pharmacies amid epidemic
The number of customers heading to pharmacies in Poland has shot up by 75 percent compared to before the country’s coronavirus outbreak, officials have said.
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Around 3.5 million people a day are flocking to the chemist’s in Poland, up from 2 million a day before the virus crisis, said Tomasz Leleno, a spokesman for the country’s Main Pharmaceutical Chamber.
Pharmacies have introduced measures aiming to keep patients from being infected with the coronavirus, Leleno added.
Special protective panes have been installed to separate staff from customers, and people buying medicines are being asked to keep their distance from others, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
The pharmaceutical chamber is undertaking efforts to provide pharmacies with supplies such as gloves and disinfectant, the news agency added.
A total of 3,383 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease in Poland, with 71 deaths from the coronavirus so far, officials said on Friday evening.