Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,443,804

The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 4,835 new cases and reached 1,443,804, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

Another 291 people have died, bringing the death toll to 33,698.

The health ministry also reported that 15,667 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 182,631 are under quarantine, 5,933 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 1,197,034 people have recovered.

In all, over 500,600 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday afternoon.

The government started a national vaccination programme on December 27, with health-service workers amongst the first to be protected against the virus. On Friday, Poland started vaccinating senior citizens over 80 years of age.

Since the virus first hit the country in March, Poland has introduced a number of measures to counter its spread.

In December, the government announced that Poland would enter a 'national quarantine' from December 28 to January 17, the restrictions have since been extended to January 31. Hotels and ski slopes have remained closed.

All shopping centres have also been closed, as have been gyms, fitness clubs and aquaparks. The closedown does not include grocery stores, book and press shops, or pharmacies. Remaining open are large free-standing furniture stores. Restaurants are only allowed takeaway or home delivery sales.