The daily number of new COVID-19 infections is increasing. In Tuesday’s report on the coronavirus in Poland, the Ministry of Health reported 1,104 new cases. This is the highest result since mid-April, when we last had a thousand recorded infections a day. Experts are concerned about new variants of the virus.
The Ministry of Health recorded 1,104 new cases of infection in Tuesday’s report COVID-19. 328 of them are re-infections, and 766 – new ones. In the last 24 hours, one person died as a result of COVID-19 and suffered from comorbidities. The most new infections were recorded in the Masovian Voivodeship – 170, the least in the Opole Voivodeship – 13.
1,104 is the highest number of new infections in Poland since spring this year. On April 12, 1,389 cases were recorded.
Experts are concerned about new variants of the virus
Scientists have been warning about new coronavirus variants in recent months. In half of August World Health ORganisation (WHO) has deemed the BA.2.86 variant, known as Pirola, a “variant for surveillance”. In the same month, WHO warned that another variant called Eris was rapidly spreading around the world. Experts warned that the wave of infections caused by it could become more severe in the fall.
At the same time, another variant has recently been detected in the United States. Marked with the symbol HV.1, it displaces other mutations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report on this matter. We read in it that HV.1 is already responsible for 25%. new cases of COVID-19. Back in August, it accounted for only a few percent of all infections.
“This virus is still not fully understood”
Professor Krystyna Bieńkowska-Szewczyk, virologist and head of the Department of Molecular Biology of Viruses at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdańsk and the Medical University of Gdańsk, notes that it is currently difficult to determine how many people are actually infected.
– The monitoring program conducted at the peak of the pandemic does not exist at the moment – says the expert, emphasizing that currently few people are testing for COVID-19, which makes it difficult to indicate how many people are actually sick.
The professor points out in an interview with tvn24.pl that COVID-19 may still pose a threat. – Currently, we are no longer afraid of the coronavirus as before, but I can assure you that this virus is still not fully understood and we still do not know everything about the damage it can do to us, even if we are dealing with innocent symptoms – he emphasizes.
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