Gov't considers new restrictions after record rise in COVID-19 cases

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Additional coronavirus restrictions could be imposed for regions in Poland with the largest spikes in cases, but no decision has yet been made and the restrictions are unlikely to be nationwide, Poland's government spokesman Piotr Muller said on Friday.

The Government Crisis Management Team met on Friday to discuss, among others, the implementation of particular epidemic recommendations, as well as solutions to combat coronavirus spread in Poland.

According to Muller, no new immediate measures were announced but certain variants were discussed regarding the restrictions imposed for certain regions.

"Team discussed possible decisions to be taken in the future as regards particular restrictions that could be introduced in Poland. They may they concern individual counties, those specific ones that have the greatest problems in terms of the number of infections," Muller said.

He added that at the moment there are around 20 counties in which the government identifies some bigger problems, mainly in three provinces.

Muller noted that additional quarantine measures could be imposed for those who are travelling from certain countries to Poland where the coronavirus spread is worsening.

The spokesman appealed to the owners and managers of stores and restaurants to remind customers of the applicable restrictions.

"I would not make a thesis that there will be some tightening of regulations in the next few days, but the state authorities will undoubtedly verify whether these limits are respected, especially in enclosed spaces," Muller added.

The Health Ministry reported on Friday the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases since the global pandemic started for the second day in a row, with 657 new cases.

Another seven people have died, with a total of 45,688 reported coronavirus cases and 1,716 deaths. Of the new cases, 227 were in the Silesia region, which has been grappling with an outbreak amongst miners.