Decision on virus lockdown extension in coming days - official

Within the next few days, the Polish government will take a decision on whether to extend restrictions related to the coronavirus epidemic, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michal Dworczyk, said on Thursday.

Dworczyk added that the government would certainly give notice of its decision rather than wait until March 25.

Speaking on a private TV station, Dworczyk said a prognosis was very difficult, as each country's state of the epidemic differs.

"We have avoided a lot of the mistakes that our foreign partners made, so we hope that the growth in infections will progress a little slower," Dworczyk said. "However, we are at that stage of the epidemic where the number of cases will rise."

He added that Poland is "a little below" the prognosis concerning the number of infections and added: "We hope the the actions the Polish government took some time ago will have an influence on that."

He dismissed opposition claims that too few tests are being conducted and said the government was following World Health Organisation guidelines. He gave his assurance that screening tests would be available for those with symptoms.

According to Ministry of Health data, the number of people in Poland infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus stands at 355. Five people in Poland have so far died of the COVID-19 disease the virus causes.