The worst day since outbreak. 152 coronavirus cases on Tuesday
Polish health ministry reported on Tuesday evening there have been 901 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection since the outbreak of the epidemic. Ten people with the virus have died so far. On Tuesday (March 24) a total of 152 coronavirus cases were confirmed, which is the highest number on a single day since the outbreak.
Lab tests confirmed 17 new cases on Tuesday evening. The total number was at 901 to the date, 10 of which had died, the Ministry of Health informed.
Lab tests taken on Tuesday confirmed a total of 152 coronavirus infections - the highest daily number since the outbreak of the epidemic.
The ministry added that all 17 new cases were confirmed in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, south-west Poland.
Earlier on Tuesday the ministry said 1479 people were being hospitalised, and 62.511 were under quarantine.
Poland's government said on Tuesday it would expand restrictions on citizens to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including a limit on the number of people taking part in masses, a drastic move in a deeply devout country. However, the presidential election, the first round of which is scheduled for May 10, will go ahead as planned, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference. Morawiecki, speaking alongside Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski, said the new constraints include a ban on gatherings of more than two people, excluding families, and a lockdown confining people to their homes except for essential activities, which would include food shopping, dog-walking, going to work and taking care of elderly relatives. As of Tuesday the government also limited to five the number of people allowed to take part in religious services including funerals, and cut the number of people permitted to ride public buses and trams at one time to avoid crowds endangering health. "We are doing so to prepare for the increased wave of infections," Morawiecki said, adding that the restrictions - due to run at least until April 11 - would not influence the holding of May's presidential election. The opposition has called on the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party to delay the election for safety and procedural reasons, saying it was difficult for them to conduct their campaigns due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, PAP