New constraints in Poland as infections reach record high

Pubs, restaurants and cafes can only provide takeaways and delivery orders

Photo: EU Mateusz Morawiecki.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday announced tougher rules designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus as infections in the country hit a daily record, Radio Poland reported. From Saturday, all restrictions that were in effect in areas most affected by the coronavirus, will apply throughout the country, Morawiecki said.

According to the new measures, children up to the age of 16 will be allowed to leave their homes between 8am and 4pm, only under the supervision of an adult. Classes for older primary school pupils will be held remotely.

For two weeks, all pubs, restaurants and cafes will only be able to provide takeaways and delivery orders. Meetings and gathering in groups of more than five will be forbidden. The government called on people aged over 70 not to leave their homes unless necessary.

Poland reported a record rise in coronavirus infections for the third consecutive day on Friday, confirming 13,632 new cases, the most since the Covid-19 outbreak. The death toll increased by 153, according to public health authorities.

A total of 228,318 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Poland since March and 4,172 have died in connection with the Covid-19 respiratory disease so far, officials announced.

With 96 Covid-19 deaths per million population, Poland remains far less affected by the coronavirus epidemic than many other countries in Europe, statistics shows.

On Thursday, Polish MPs approved plans to double pay for medics who have to treat patients with coronavirus.


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