The Head of Government emphasised that there had been a huge spike in positive test results in May. He then added:
Our policy of quick diagnosis and isolation of infections has worked.’ ‘Today, miners can go back to work he continued.
The government worked swiftly to combat the coronavirus. It was remarkably quick to introduce such measures as social distancing, border control, ban on mass events and distance learning at schools and universities. Thanks to this, it has prevented the epidemic from developing in Poland, which is why the country is faring much better than many others in the fight against the coronavirus.
The Bobrek-Piekary coal mine: all miners have recovered
On 10 May, the Bobrek coal mine temporarily halted coal extraction due to the rapidly growing number of officially confirmed infections. At that time, a screening test operation involving ~2.7 thousand mine employees and service providers was carried out on site. Thanks to this, the situation was stabilised and the mine partially resumed extraction activities in the second half of May.
Screening tests at KWK Bobrek started on 7 May and continued until mid-May, detecting 590 infections. A total of 5256 samples collected from the miners were tested.
On 1 July, Grzegorz Włocławek, President of Węglokoks, announced that all infected employees of the Węglokoks Kraj company had been deemed convalescent.
Current situation in the Silesian Voivodeship
The number of recoveries across the voivodeship is more than 9.2 thousand.
Samples are still being collected from the families of miners who were identified as infected throughout the screening tests. More than 270 thousand genetic tests have been carried out in the Silesian Voivodeship so far, with over 101 thousand of them being the screening tests for miners conducted since 7 May.
There are 14 laboratories certified for coronavirus tests across the voivodeship.
We are observing a decrease in infections across Poland
The situation is also improving all around Poland. The number of active coronavirus cases has dropped below 10 thousands. The screening test results for people admitted to health resorts also give cause for optimism. The ratio of infections in this group is less than 1.7 per mil.
However, this is not to say that we should lose sight of common sense. We should still remember to keep a safe distance in interactions with other people, and to wear a mask in closed spaces such as shops or buses.