Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,464,448

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Polish materials on ‘The Decade of Central Europe’ have reached newspapers and internet portals all around the world as the next part of a project entitled "Telling the World About Poland."

Another 346 people have died, bringing the death toll to 34,908.

The health ministry also reported that 14,614 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 181,698 are under quarantine, 5,837 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 1,213,012 people have recovered.

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.

In all, 644,999 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Health Ministry said on Friday morning.

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.