New national lockdown ruled out - dep PM

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Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin said on Friday that Poland will not impose a general lockdown again despite rising coronavirus infection numbers in the country.

"There is no way to return to a nationwide lockdown" or to closing the economy, as was the case a few months ago," he told public broadcaster TVP Info.

Also on Friday, Poland's health ministry reported 809 new COVID-19 cases, the sixth record daily rise in two weeks, including 259 infected people in the Silesia coal mining region in southern Poland.

According to Sasin, measures targeted only at the areas where "the epidemiological situation looks bad" is a better solution than another national lockdown.

On Thursday, the government imposed stricter rules on a number of Polish counties with the highest rise in coronavirus infections. They include compulsory wearing of face masks outside the home, a ban on cultural and sport events and caps on the number of people at weddings and funerals and in churches.

"I think this is a much better solution, much less confusion and smaller losses for the economy," Sasin commented on stricter sanitary rules for selected counties.

At the same time, he said, the government will continue its actions aimed at support for entrepreneurs and job protection so that "the scourge of unemployment" does not return.