Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 861,331

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The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Saturday by 18,467 new cases, and reached 861,331, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday morning. This has been the smallest number of new infections since November 2.

Another 330 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 13,618.

The health ministry also reported that 22,094 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 356,130 are under quarantine, 22,156 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 423,971 people have recovered.

The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. Its symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fatigue. It is suspected that coronavirus infection, which can lead to life-threatening pneumonia, first occurred in China at the end of 2019 at a market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Poland was reported on March 4.

On March 20, Poland introduced a state of epidemic. On March 31, the government announced further restrictions on the movement of people. Some of the restrictions were lifted on April 20 with further easing introduced gradually throughout May and June. Since August, Poland has been introducing tougher sanitary restrictions for counties with growing infection figures. On October 24, the entire country was designated as a 'red-zone' subject to renewed epidemic counter-measures including online learning for most students and cafes, restaurants and shopping malls being shut down. On November 7, Poland expanded its current pandemic regime rolling out new restrictions in retail, entertainment, schooling and hotels. On November 21, Poland relaxed some restrictions and allowed shopping centres to reopen from November 28 but decided to keep restaurants, fitness clubs, cinemas, and theatres closed at least until December 27.