European Migration Network


Information on SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the reception center for foreigners

As of May 26, 2020, 32 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were confirmed among the residents of the reception center for foreigners in Targówek in Warsaw. The center was quarantined.

Foreigners remain under medical care. The Office for Foreigners is in constant contact with the National Sanitary Inspectorate and other institutions and services responsible for epidemiological activities.
The first cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in residents of the center for foreigners in Warsaw Targówek was found on May 22 this year. Therefore, tests were immediately carried out to confirm the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus among all residents and staff of the center. As of May 26, 2020, 32 cases of infection were confirmed. Foreigners have been subject to isolation or quarantine. Infected persons are citizens of Russia of Chechen nationality. Symptoms of COVID-19 in infected foreigners are mild, everyone feels good. The office's employees are in constant contact with the residents, there are also on-call times under the center.
In accordance with the recommendations of the National Sanitary Inspectorate, a 14-day quarantine was introduced in the center. The police who supervise the quarantine and authorities of the Targówek District have been notified of this situation. While maintaining applicable sanitary rules, residents of the center are provided with medical and psychological care and food provided by an external company. If necessary, foreigners will also receive support in the purchase of food products and other necessary products.
After the introduction of the state of epidemic threat in Poland first and then the state of epidemic, the Office for Foreigners carried out activities aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus. All group activities were canceled in all centers for foreigners and residents were advised to avoid gatherings. Restrictive recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing common areas were introduced. Hand disinfectants, masks and information materials in different languages ​​about prevention methods are available to foreigners. Schoolchildren implemented distance learning.
The center for foreigners in Warsaw's Targówek currently has 111 people (38 adults and 73 children) applying for international protection in Poland. This is the only institution run by the Office for Foreigners, which was intended to accommodate only single women and mothers with children.
While examining applications for international protection in Poland, foreigners may benefit from social assistance provided by the Office for Foreigners. It includes possibility of accommodation in the center, meals, medical care and educational support.
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