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Poland said on Monday it would ban flights to seven African countries, extend the quarantine period for some travellers and reduce limits on numbers allowed into places like restaurants, amid concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Poland will go to Russia to face the home team in a World Cup qualification play-off game. The winning team will then play a final game either against Sweden or the Czech Republic. Twelve teams will compete for the three remaining spots left for European teams. The pairs and paths were drawn on Friday in Zurich, whereas the play-off games will be played in March 2022.

Approximately 600 police officers were involved in quashing a riot that broke out at the centre for foreigners in Wędrzyn (Lubuskie Voivodeship). A group of aggressive people tried to force the fence surrounding the facility they have been placed into. They were throwing chairs and other objects. The police said the situation has been calmed, and published a CCTV footage from the incident.

The Ministry of Health informed on Friday about 26,735 newly confirmed COVID infection cases and 421 COVID-related deaths. Furthermore, the number of active infection cases has jumped up to nearly 423,000, which is the highest number in the last 12 months.

A Border Guard officer, together with his service dog Jager, were helping the police to find a person who had robbed a gas station in Braniewo (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship). They found an abandoned building. Inside there was a man who suddenly attacked the officer with a sharp object, but Jager quickly apprehended him.

Lukashenko regime's exploitation of vulnerable people to pressure neighbouring countries is inhume and cynical, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after meeting with Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Thursday in Brussels. The president informed that he has proposed incresing NATO's readiness at the eastern flank.

Donald Tusk criticised Polish government on Wednesday for inaction in the face of the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. "Today is the last chance for PM Morawiecki to say what he's going to do stop the tragic statistics appearing every day," said the leader of Civic Platform. In his view, "lives of dozens of people each day depend on prime minister's decision". Poland reported 28,380 daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the health ministry said, a record for the fourth wave of the pandemic. The ministry also reported 460 deaths.

An exhibition "The Time of Caravaggio in the Collection of Robert Longhi" has been opened at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. At display, there are Caravaggio's two masterpieces: Boy Bitten by a Lizard and Narcissus. The latter can be admired in a separate room.