Poland implements sanitary controls at border crossings

Sanitary control at the Polish-Czech border crossing in Gorzyczki. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Poland introduced sanitary controls at the main border crossings points with Germany and the Czech Republic at 3 pm on Monday due to the coronavirus threat, in line with an earlier announcement by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The crossings include Kołbaskowo, Świecko, Olszyna and Jędrzychowice on the Polish-German border and Gorzyczki on the Polish-Czech border.

Earlier in the day, PM Morawiecki said the measures were "to ensure that the growth in the number of infected people is as slow as possible," adding that at the beginning the checks will concern mainly buses and coaches.

Morawiecki added that Poland is one of the first states in Europe to introduce additional controls at border crossings.

Apart from additional border controls, checks will also be carried out on trains and at ports in the coming days, the PM said.

The prime minister called on organisers of mass events to cancel them.