Health Ministry wants restrictions in Poland at least until Jan. 17

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The Polish health minister has said that he will recommend that the current coronavirus-related restrictions, especially those regarding school winter holidays, should remain in force until at least January 17, 2021, to avoid a third Covid-19 wave.

Adam Niedzielski said on Monday that a decision on restrictions will be taken by the government crisis management team led by the prime minister.

"I will recommend that these current restrictions, especially the ones regarding school winter holidays, should be extended," Niedzielski told reporters, adding that the reasoning was for Poles to stay at home during the vacations to avoid a third wave of the epidemic.

Referring to the planned vaccination process, the minister said that medical staff were the most important group needing the vaccine. Expressing his hope that Poland will receive a million vaccination doses, he added that "this means that it will be possible to vaccinate the first group," and that the entire process could be completed in February.

According to estimates, about a million people are employed in the health service, including administration workers.