Poland’s total COVID-19 death toll passes 100000 – Reuters

Paramedics drive an ambulance amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near a hospital in Warsaw, Poland December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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WARSAW, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Poland’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, the health minister said, as the country grapples with a fourth wave of the pandemic.

The number of deaths per one million inhabitants was last week among the highest in the world, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford, at more than 57 compared to around 34 in the United States and 38 in Russia.

“Today we can say it is another sad day, but especially so because we have passed the level of 100,000 COVID deaths,” Adam Niedzielski told private broadcaster TVN 24.

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Poland has been grappling with a consistently high number of daily COVID-19 cases. Although it has not reported a spike in cases caused by the Omicron variant of the virus, it imposed fresh restrictions in December to curb the spread of infection.

As of Monday, the health ministry estimates that the Omicron variant accounted for between 7 and 8% of new daily cases.

Niedzielski said that Poland would report around 11,400 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 493 deaths related to the disease.

Poland reported 794 COVID-related deaths in one day in late December, while the highest daily toll during the pandemic overall stands at 954, hit in April last year.

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Reporting by Alan Charlish, Joanna Plucinska and Anna Koper; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Kirsten Donovan

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