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Poland announces new restrictions in fight against coronavirus

29.09.2020 16:20
Poland’s health minister has announced that new restrictions will be imposed in areas most hit by the coronavirus epidemic.
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz

In “red” zones, where the risk of COVID-19 is considered to be the highest, food outlets and restaurants will have to close at 10pm, state broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Both there and in “yellow” zones - areas judged to have the second-highest level of risk - people will be obliged to wear face masks in open spaces.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced the new restrictions after a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Poland

A total of 89,962 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Poland since the start of the pandemic, and 2,483 have died from the COVID-19 respiratory disease so far, officials said on Tuesday.

The number of new virus cases rose by 1,326 from the previous day, while the death toll increased by 36, according to public health authorities.

The latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak are people aged 41 to 95, the Polish health ministry said in a tweet.

It added that 30 of these patients had pre-existing medical conditions, while six died directly because of COVID-19.

On Friday, September 25, Poland's public health authorities reported 1,587 new COVID-19 cases, the most since the pandemic hit the country in early March.

With 61 COVID-19 deaths per million population, Poland remains far less affected by the coronavirus epidemic than many other countries in Europe, according to data released by the country’s health ministry last week.


Source: IAR