Virus spreading in Poland more slowly than in most neighbours - ECDC

Paweł Supernak/PAP

The coronavirus epidemic in Poland is developing more slowly than in nearly all neighbouring countries, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The indicator of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days stands at 45 in Poland, 283 in the Czech Republic, 97 in Ukraine, 90 in Slovakia and 32 in Germany. In Russia, the infection rate of SARS-CoV-2 has been confirmed at 69 per 100,000 inhabitants and in Lithuania at 46 while in Belarus the figure is 43.

The ECDC is an independent agency of the European Union and its summaries are based on official data provided by the member states' sanitary authorities.

In Spain, where coronavirus is currently spreading at the fastest rate in Europe, the factor per 100,000 is 295, in France it is 241 and in Brazil 186 while the USA has a figure of 183. The highest factor in the world was recorded by Israel, where it is 925 infections per 100,000.

According to the ECDC, in the analysed period, there were 0.76 deaths contributed to by COVID-19 per 100,000 of population in Poland while in Brazil the figure was 4.62, in Spain 3.15 and in the USA 3.09. Ukraine has a figure of 1.8 deaths per 100,000, the Czech Republic 1.7, Russia 1.25. Countries with a lower death toll per 100,000 include Belarus (0.72), Lithuania (0.18) and Germany (0.16).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 246 people per 100,000 of population have been detected with coronavirus infection in Poland with the fatality rate at 6.7 per 100,000. The same figures for Germany are 355 and 11, for France 862 and 48, for the Czech Republic 697 and 6.4, and for Sweden 915 and 57.6. The most affected countries in the world are the United States with figures of 2,121 and 63 and Brazil on 2,297 and 69.

Since March 4, 95,773 people have been confirmed with COVID-19 in Poland, of whom 2,570 have died, the Ministry of Health reported on Friday.

Worldwide, over 34.3 million infections have been recorded and over a million people have died as a result of COVID-19, the ECDC announced. The number of victims in Europe stands at 5.5 million infections and 233,000 deaths.