Poland’s Prime Minister has asked people in the country not to travel over Christmas, and announced that while shops would reopen most coronavirus restrictions would be extended.
“Please do not plan any trips,” Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference, adding that the government was looking at ways of imposing movement restrictions.
Morawiecki said theatres, bars and restaurants would remain closed until after Christmas, and schools would continue to be on distance learning.
“The situation is still very serious,” he said, voicing concern about Poland’s high death rate but pointing out that the number of new cases had stabilised.
The health ministry reported 574 deaths over 24 hours today, bringing the total toll to 13,288. The number of new daily infections in Poland was 24,213.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Poland over the past week has been the third highest in the EU after Italy and France, according to an AFP tally.