Poland reports highest infections number since November peak

Poland reported on Wednesday 17,260 new daily coronavirus infections, the highest number since the November 2020 pandemic peak, the Health Ministry data showed. With 398 new fatalities, Covid-19 death toll reached nearly 46,000, dpa reported.

The number of active cases, which was around 200,000 for much of January and February, has risen to over 270,000. Nearly 18,400 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, of which over 1,900 are on ventilators.

The rise comes despite the fact that masks remain mandatory across Poland, restaurants and bars are only allowed to deliver food and serve take-out, most pupils and students are learning remotely, and gyms are closed. Some coronavirus restrictions have been lifted: cinemas, art galleries and swimming pools were allowed to reopen with limited capacity, but with the infection rate rising, re-introducing restrictions in other parts of the country cannot be excluded, the Health Ministry spokesperson.

The vaccination process in the country is going on with an average pace of over 85,000 jabs per day over the last week. So far, Poland has administered over 4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, and over 1.4 million people have already received two doses.

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