Poland reports 14,396 new coronavirus infections

Andrzej Lange/PAP

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has grown since Monday by 14,396 new cases and reached 1,931,921 the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Another 372 people have died, bringing the death toll to 47,578.

The health ministry also reported that 21,183 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised and 314,744 are under quarantine. So far, 1,587,164 people have recovered.

In all, 4,557,060 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data posted on the official government website, gov.pl.

The government started a national vaccination programme on December 27, with health-service workers amongst the first to be protected against the virus. In late January, Poland started vaccinating senior citizens over 80 years of age.

Since the virus first hit the country in March 2020, 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, later extending them till February 14. Since Feb. 12, hotels, theatres, cinemas and swimming pools opened with limited capacity. Restaurants are only allowed takeaway or home delivery sales. Shopping malls and some cultural institutions have been also allowed to open.

From March 15, strict lockdown measures will kick in in the central Mazowieckie province, including Warsaw, and in the western Lubuskie province. Cinemas, museums, art galleries, hotels and sports facilities will be shut down until March 28, along with non-essential outlets in shopping centres. Two other provinces have already been under the stricter regime to stem the infection's spread.