Over half of Polish firms received gov't aid

"Society and economy are one whole," said the PM, and at the same time pointed to the importance of protecting jobs. Artur Reszko/PAP

Fifty-seven percent of Polish companies have received government aid so far, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.

Morawiecki, visiting Zambrów, in eastern Poland, said that the percentage of firms planning layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic fell from 28 percent in March to 8 percent in April.

Comparing this to data from other countries, the PM said that the situation of the Polish economy has become "stabilised."

The PM also quoted data according to which 60 percent of firms had to cut the scope of their activities, however, 57 percent of firms received state aid under the Financial Shield scheme.

Morawiecki also assessed that the dilemma, as whether to save the economy or society, people's health and lives, was false. "Society and economy are one whole," said the PM, and at the same time pointed to the importance of protecting jobs.