Today, two recommendations will be issued on travelers from countries and to the most risky countries when it comes to the new variant of the coronavirus – omicron – announced Krzysztof Saczka, head of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate.
GIS will issue recommendations for travelers
– In the afternoon I will issue two announcements. One concerning recommendations for people coming to Poland from Africa, and in particular from those seven countries that are indicated on the list of ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control – ed.) And WHO as the most risky (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique , Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – ed.) When it comes to the new omicron mutation and the recommendation not to travel to countries where this mutation occurs, in particular to these seven countries – Saczek noted during a press conference.
Omikron – a new variant of the coronavirus
He reminded that last week orders were sent to poviat and voivodeship sanitary inspectors to conduct a detailed epidemiological interview in all cases where there is a suspicion of infection with a new mutation. In this case, a contact list is to be established, and the samples taken for testing should be sequenced to precisely determine the type of mutation.
– If it turns out that this is an alert mutation, then (…) the quarantine will be extended to 14 days. The isolation will also take fourteen days, said Saczka. He noted that the Sanepid will also decide to extend this period, up to a maximum of 21 days.
The head of GIS informed that he also issued a decision to verify the electronic location cards of the traveler.
– At the moment, from November 15, we are verifying all location cards in terms of traveling from seven countries indicated on the alert list. We will contact people, conduct epidemiological interview and epidemiological supervision. If it turns out that we are dealing with a new omicron mutation, we will take actions that will not allow the maximum risk of the new mutation spreading – said Saczka.
Limits – GIS checks
He also announced that GIS will control the organizers of events and meetings in terms of compliance with the limits of people. – Organizers of meetings, entrepreneurs will be responsible for compliance with the limits. This is on the part of the organizers – he emphasized.
Saczek also appealed for vaccination against COVID-19. According to him, vaccinations are the only known antidote to fight the pandemic, strengthen immunity and protect against the consequences of infection.
A variant of the coronavirus, which has been called the omicron is spreading in Europe. Belgium was the first country in the Old Continent where it was detected. On Monday, information about the first person infected with the new variant reached, among others From czech. Previously, such cases were also confirmed in Germany.
The Ministry of Health announced on Monday 13,115 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection. This means an increase by 781, or 6%, compared to the situation a week ago.
The ministry also said on Monday that 18 people suffering from COVID-19 have died.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,520,961 infections have been confirmed in Poland, 83,055 of those infected have died.
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