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UPDATE: COVID-19 infections, deaths hit record in Poland

04.11.2020 11:42
Poland on Wednesday reported an all-time high of 24,692 new coronavirus infections and a record 373 new deaths, its worst daily toll since the start of the pandemic.
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A total of 439,536 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Poland since the pandemic began, and 6,475 have died in connection with the COVID-19 respiratory disease so far, public health officials announced.

Of the new cases confirmed on Wednesday, the most -- 3,952 -- were in the western province of Wielkopolskie, which is home to the major city of Poznań.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are 316 people with pre-existing medical conditions and 57 who died directly because of COVID-19, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

On Tuesday, Poland reported 19,364 new coronavirus infections and 227 more deaths.

Tougher measures to battle COVID-19 came into effect across Poland last month following a surge in cases.

The entire country is now covered by restrictions that were previously limited to areas most affected by the coronavirus.

Children under 16 are allowed to leave their homes only under the supervision of an adult between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, pubs, restaurants and cafes are only allowed to provide take-aways and delivery orders.

Gatherings of more than five people have been forbidden, though people who live or work together are exempt from the rule.

Also, the government has appealed to people aged over 70 not to leave their homes unless necessary.

Poland last month introduced special shopping hours for people aged over 60 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Secondary schools and universities throughout the country have switched to distance learning. Meanwhile, primary schools are still providing in-person instruction to younger pupils.

Strict new rules came into effect in the country earlier in October under which everyone is required to wear a face covering when going out in public.

Amid an escalating outbreak, the country has decided to set up a network of temporary hospitals to treat coronavirus patients.


Source: PAP