A total of three outbreaks of infections with the Indian coronavirus mutation have been detected in Poland. One in Katowice, one in Warsaw, and one in Zaborów, in Warsaw’s west district. However, there is no case in Zambrów, which was mentioned by mistake at the conference.
As the Minister of Health Adam Niedzielski informed at the Tuesday conference, there are two more outbreaks of the Indian mutation of the coronavirus in Poland. “We have 14 samples from these outbreaks tested and confirmed that this is an Indian mutation,” he said.
This was later confirmed by Krzysztof Saczka, deputy Chief Sanitary Inspector. – I confirm that the Sanitary Inspection received information that 10 people with respiratory diseases appeared in the house of the Missionary Sisters of Charity Mother Teresa from Calcutta in Katowice – he said on TVN24. As he added, the sanitary inspection in Katowice immediately began to act. – She undertook an epidemiological interview and preliminary examination of several people. This study confirmed that these people are positive, he said.
Zaborów and not Zambrów
He also reported that the conducted epidemiological interview confirmed that some of the sisters from this congregation took part in the retreat in Zambrów near Warsaw. There was also a nun who came from India during this retreat. The rest of his speech shows that there are three outbreaks in total in the country.
During the conference there was a slip of the tongue – Krzysztof Saczka confused the names of the place. In Zambrów (Podlaskie Voivodeship) no infections with the Indian mutation were found, which is confirmed by the Podlasie Sanitary Inspectorate. “Based on the information obtained from Dr. Małgorzata Sadkowska-Todys, MD – Head of the Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Supervision of the National Institute of Public Health of the National Institute of Hygiene in Warsaw, the disease caused by the SARS CoV-2 mutation, indicated during the conference, did not apply to Zambrów, located in in Podlaskie voivodeship, but in Zaborów in the Mazowieckie voivodeship “- said Ewa Jakubowicz, head of the health promotion department of the WSEZ in Białystok in an e-mail.
12 cases of the Indian mutation in Mazovia
The press spokesman of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, Jan Bondar, confirmed to us in a telephone interview that there are three outbreaks of infections with the Indian mutation: Katowice, Warsaw and Zaborów in the Warsaw West poviat. – We have a total of 16 confirmed cases of the Indian mutation in three outbreaks. Four concern Katowice, the remaining 12 – Mazovia. Among those infected are nuns and the homeless. Two cases are outside the outbreaks and involve an Indian diplomat and a companion, Bondar said.
According to Saczek, the General Inspectorate of Poland decided that the infected persons should be subject to 14-day isolation, and the persons who had contact, but obtained a negative result, were quarantined for 14 days. – I also made a decision that release from isolation or quarantine will only be possible after the test, which will ultimately be negative – he added.
He also concluded that 27 people infected with various mutations of the coronavirus and nine people with negative results who are subject to quarantine were confirmed in the outbreak in Katowice. In turn, as Jan Bondar later told us, there are a total of 24 people infected with various mutations in Mazovian outbreaks.
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