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Polish PM, opposition to discuss COVID-19 strategy

25.01.2022 10:00
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is on Tuesday set to meet with politicians from the country’s main political parties to talk about further steps to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, officials told reporters.
Polands Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.PAP/Radek Pietruszka

The meeting is due to take place at 1 p.m. at the Prime Minister’s Office in Warsaw.

Morawiecki came up with the initiative at the weekend, asking the leaders of parliamentary caucuses and political parties to join him for talks about “legal and systemic solutions that will allow us to utilise effective tools to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Poland.”

“I am confident the meeting will be productive and enable us to make further decisions, the best possible decisions about the health and life of all Polish men and women,” Morawiecki said on social media.

All parliamentary caucuses, including those in opposition to Morawiecki's conservative government, have confirmed they will be represented at the meeting, the state PAP news agency reported.

During the gathering, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski is expected to brief participants on the government’s COVID-19 strategy for the coming weeks, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. 

Poland on Monday confirmed 29,100 new coronavirus infections and two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the country's total number of cases during the pandemic to 4,547,315 and fatalities to 103,846.

Two days earlier, the country reported a record daily rise in coronavirus infections, confirming 40,876 new cases, the most since the pandemic hit the country almost two years ago.

Poland is set to shorten the COVID-19 quarantine period from 10 to seven days beginning Tuesday and roll out free tests in pharmacies from January 27, officials have announced.

In addition, those aged 60 and over will have to be examined by a doctor within 48 hours of testing positive for the coronavirus, the IAR news agency reported.

The Polish prime minister told a news conference on Friday that authorities would work to expand the number of hospital beds available to coronavirus patients to help deal with a spike in cases driven by the omicron variant of the virus. 

Meanwhile, his health minister warned that coronavirus infections in the country would hit new records during the next few weeks, surpassing 60,000 daily cases and possibly approaching 140,000.

Niedzielski told reporters earlier last week that the government would make remote working mandatory for public-sector employees as the country enters a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic amid the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

(pm/gs)

Source: IAR, PAP