Chief COVID advisor: total lockdown possible if the situation gets worse

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"The next two weeks will be crucial" - deputy health minister Waldemar Kraska told public broadcaster Polskie Radio on Tuesday. Asked if the government was considering imposing a total lockdown, he said he was "slightly" more optimistic than Prof. Andrzej Horban. The latter, who is PM's chief COVID advisor, said on Monday that such scenario could unfold.

Prime minister's chief advisor for COVID-19 issues Prof. Andrzej Horban told Polsat News on Monday that imposing a total lockdown in Poland was a realistic scenario. "It's very likely that, if on Wednesday or Thursday we surpass 30,000 infections, this will no longer be a potential scenario, but a realistic one."

Poland's deputy health minister Waldemar Kraska told public broadcaster Polskie Radio on Tuesday that "there's a lot of new cases", and "hospitals have limited capacity".

"If we don't break this chain of infections, the epidemic chain, then we could really have serious problem" - he added.

"I guess I'm a slightly more optimistic person than Prof. Horban, and so I think the next two weeks will be crucial. I hope Poles, seeing the number of infections, will abide (by the restrictions). I trust in the prudence of Poles" - he said.

The Ministry of Health informed on Tuesday about 16,741 new coronavirus infection cases and the death of 396 COVID patients. Compared to Monday, nearly 1,500 hospital beds more have been occupied by COVID patients.

Since the start of the pandemic (March 4, 2020), Poland has reported 2,089,869 infection cases and 49,761 fatalities.

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