More than 100,000 people have died from COVID in Poland since the pandemic began, the government said Monday. The country has one of the highest mortality rates in the world.
“It’s another sad day, especially because we’ve crossed the threshold of 100,000 deaths,” Health Minister Adam Niedzielski told news channel TVN24.
Niedzielski said the latest daily data show that 493 people died, which resulted in a total of 100,254 deaths, noting that 18,000 people are currently hospitalized.
Poland has reported 14.31 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to aggregates compiled by AFP using the latest available data. This is the sixth highest level in the world after Trinidad and Tobago, Moldova, Georgia, Hungary and San Marino.
Neighboring Germany is 26th at the level of 4.31.
Only about 63% of Polish adults are fully vaccinated against one of the lowest levels in the EU, COVID-19.
The government encouraged Poles to be vaccinated, but has been criticized by opponents for not taking stronger action, for example by introducing the requirement for vaccination certificates.
So far, the highest number of COVID-related deaths in the EU has exceeded 139,000 in Italy, followed by France, Germany and Poland.
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