Number of elderly Covid patients in hospitals down 30 pct - ministry

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Around 30 percent fewer of elderly Covid-19 patients are arriving in Poland's hospitals, the health ministry spokesman said on Friday, attributing the drop to the effect of vaccinations.

Wojciech Andrusiewicz said younger, stronger patients were being hospitalised in place of elderly patients. He told a press conference that due to the growing number of new infections, hospital beds would soon be in greater demand.

"It's a natural and logical thing, we will also unfortunately record a greater number of deaths...," Andrusiewicz said. "Following the course of the epidemic's development, two or three weeks (later), unfortunately a higher number of deaths will follow."

"Thirty percent fewer of older people are arriving in hospital due to the fact that those people have already been vaccinated," he said.

Andrusiewicz went on to appeal once more for people to get vaccinated against Covid-19. "Let's get vaccinated, every vaccination in Poland is a safe vaccination," he said.