Soldiers to collect coronavirus test samples throughout Poland
Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Tuesday that Polish Army soldiers will collect test samples for coronavirus at all points in Poland.
"Soldiers will collect samples for coronavirus testing at all points in Poland. The military has adequate training and has proven itself during the first wave of the epidemic. Only today, 2,415 soldiers are involved in the fight against the coronavirus," Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking at a Territorial Defence Force (WOT) command post in Zgierz, near Warsaw, said that in this way WOT soldiers can free up professional medical staff who are burdened with rising coronavirus infections.
Thanks to coronavirus test sample collection points like the one in Zgierz, "we can free up thousands of people who can carry out activities characteristic of the health service."
"We already have more than 1,300 soldiers involved in direct support for medical services," the prime minister said.
The 'drive-thru' collection points are organised in such a way that they may be adapted to the vaccination role, Morawiecki added.
On Tuesday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased since Monday by 9,291 new infections, and reached 192,539, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another 106 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 3,721.