Family ministry working on action plan against second wave of epidemic

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A specially appointed team within the Family, Labour and Social Policy Ministry is developing a plan of action to counteract the negative effects of COVID-19 before a second wave of the epidemic, the ministry's head Marlena Malag has told PAP.

The dedicated team is to work out specific solutions that, in particular, will benefit the disabled, the elderly and children in foster care, she said.

Malag added that the health, lives and safety of all Polish citizens are the government's priority.

"We are aware that the pandemic has had an impact on the daily lives of many families, so we are trying to be proactive," she said.

Malag pointed to the actions taken by the government to date in cooperation with her ministry and the maintenance of all Poland's existing social programmes, which, in her opinion, have allowed families to safely go through the difficult time in recent months.

She mentioned the so-called "anti-crisis shield," a special package of laws to offset the economic effects of the epidemic, "which helped to save millions of jobs providing families with a sense of security."