Polish resort offers guests free coronavirus tests as cases spike

By Malgorzata Wojtunik and Joanna Plucinska WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish holiday resort is offering free coronavirus tests to guests as cases spike nationally. In the past week, daily case numbers have exceeded 800 on three occasions, breaking records for Poland. Zawiaty, a resort in the northern region of Kaszuby, decided to hire Geneme, a private genetic testing company, to help it administer the tests every Saturday.

Reuters August 14, 2020 00:11:04 IST
Polish resort offers guests free coronavirus tests as cases spike

coronavirus tests as cases spike" src="https://images.firstpost.com/wp-content/themes/firstpost/images/220x220_Watermark.jpg" alt="Polish resort offers guests free coronavirus tests as cases spike" width="300" height="225" />

By Malgorzata Wojtunik and Joanna Plucinska

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish holiday resort is offering free coronavirus tests to guests as cases spike nationally.

In the past week, daily case numbers have exceeded 800 on three occasions, breaking records for Poland.

Zawiaty, a resort in the northern region of Kaszuby, decided to hire Geneme, a private genetic testing company, to help it administer the tests every Saturday.

"Security is incredibly important right now. These are mostly our regular guests, so it matters a lot to us to ensure their trust and to safeguard them as best as we can," the director of the resort, Anna Kreft, told Reuters.

As guests drive up, they are given a test kit by staff. They then administer the test swab themselves under the supervision of a hotel worker trained by Geneme. Results are processed within an hour with on-site lab equipment.

Guests are retested throughout their stay.

But virologist Wlodzimierz Gut said that to be effective, such tests should be carried out by lab professionals "with full training to do molecular tests", not by hotel workers or the patients themselves.

He told Reuters that molecular tests usually only detect the virus once it has been in a person for five or six days and are hardly foolproof.

"To put it frankly, someone has lost their mind through fear," Gut said.

Geneme insists the tests are safe, fast and effective. It would prefer having a designated person responsible for administering swabs, but the decision lies with the hotel, it said.

"We provide full cooperation and assistance in organising the whole process to ensure that it has good results and that there are no mistakes," said Kasjan Szemiako, Geneme's Chief Technology Officer.

(Reporting by Malgorzata Wojtunik and Joanna Plucinska; Writing by Joanna Plucinska; Editing by Giles Elgood)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan: Politicans, journalists pay tributes
India

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan: Politicans, journalists pay tributes

The Pulitzer prize winner, who was in Kandahar covering operations against Taliban, was killed when he was riding along with the Afghan Special Forces

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed during assignment in Afghanistan's Kandahar province
India

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed during assignment in Afghanistan's Kandahar province

Siddiqui had also covered the 2020 Delhi riots, COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal earthquake in 2015 and the protests in Hong Kong

Danish Siddiqui's passing is a reminder of the high price one pays for showing the truth
India

Danish Siddiqui's passing is a reminder of the high price one pays for showing the truth

Danish's photographs were not just documentation, but the work of someone who went down to eye-level, as they say in photographic parlance.