Poland reported a record number of coronavirus infections for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday, with 21,897 new cases, as the country continuing massive protests following an abortion ruling last week.
The health ministry said that as of Saturday, Covid-19 patients occupied 16,144 hospital beds and were using 1,305 ventilators, compared with 15,444 and 1,254 respectively a day earlier.
The country of 38 million has reported a total of 362,731 coronavirus infections – 9,588 per million people – and 5,631 deaths.
The latests figures come amid mass protests following a ruling by the constitutional tribunal last week that amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the predominantly Catholic nation, Reuters reports.
The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has warned that the protests will lead to big jump in new coronavirus cases. But some immunologists say that most protesters have been wearing face masks, keeping distance and were out in the open, which reduces the risk of infection.
“Perhaps the governmemt would focus on purchasing tests and stop shifting the blame for its incompetence,” Klementyna Suchanow, a Polish writer and activist from Strajk Kobiet (Women’s Strike), the protests’ organiser said on Friday.