Apogee of COVID-19 third wave on break of March and April: Minister

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We forecast that the apogee of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will occur more less on the break of March and April at around 10,000-12,000 cases per day, Adam Niedzielski, the Polish Health minister told commercial broadcaster TVN24 on Monday.

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He added that Poles can expect a month of continuous increase in coronavirus infections.

“For now, the forecasts show that at the peak of the third wave 10,000-12,000 new cases will be recorded daily on average. From the point of view of the healthcare system, this is the number we have already dealt with,” he said.

However, the minister emphasised that in this scenario there is “a large question mark.”

“We have two reasons for that - mutations that appear and accelerate the development of the pandemic is the first one. The second one is the process of easing the restrictions and the issue of social discipline. These are the two factors responsible for the increase in infections,” Mr Niedzielski told TVN24.

The minister also stressed that it needs to be repeated constantly that “we have to act rationally and protect ourselves.”

“I refer to the ‘DDM’ rule which stands for ‘disinfection, distance and masks, which are the only real tools. The vaccinations are not yet a ‘dam’ for slowing down the pandemic,” he stressed.