Starting March 20 and lasting until April 9, new restrictions will be imposed throughout all of Poland due to the worsening pandemic situation and third coronavirus wave.
During the new lockdown period, all hotels, ski resorts, theaters, museums, art galleries, cinemas, swimming pools, saunas, gyms, sports centers (excluding professionals) and shopping malls (excluding grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores) will be closed.
All students in Poland, including the youngest primary school children, will be having their lessons conducted online.
The government also urged companies to switch to working remotely wherever possible.
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski emphasized that the main cause for the pandemic’s development is the new British mutation of the coronavirus. According to Tuesday data, the British mutation has a 52 percent share in new infections.
On Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Health informed about 25,052 new infections and 453 deaths. This is the largest daily number of infections since the beginning of the third wave. The worst epidemiological situations are in the Mazowieckie Voivodship (4,124), Silesia (4,030), Lesser Poland (2,050) and Greater Poland (2,034).
According to further data from the ministry, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections increased by 38 percent and the number of deaths by 24 percent in the last week. The number of occupied Covid-related hospital beds also increased by 17 percent.
There are currently 2,193 occupied ventilators in the country which amounts to 74 percent of all ventilators dedicated for use for patients with Covid.
Title image: Polish minister of health Adam Niedzielski, source: mz.gov.pl