Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 1,539,564

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The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Thursday by 6,053 new cases and reached 1,539,564, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Another 368 people have died, bringing the death toll to 38,712.

The health ministry also reported that 12,837 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised and 152,292 are under quarantine. So far, 1,294,687 people have recovered.

In all, 1,566,604 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Health Ministry.

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. In mid-January, the government decided to keep all coronavirus-related restrictions in force until January 31. Most since then have been extended to February 14. Hotels, theatres, cinemas, discotheques and night clubs remain closed as well as sporting facilities. Restaurants are only allowed takeaway or home delivery sales. Shopping malls and some cultural institutions have been allowed to open again from February 1.