Poland reports 15,698 new coronavirus infections

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The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland has grown since Tuesday by 15,698 new cases and reached 1,735,406, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday.

Another 309 people have died, bringing the death toll to 44,360.

The health ministry also reported that 15,591 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised and 194,086 are under quarantine. So far, 1,441,479 people have recovered.

In all, 3,465,576 Poles have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to data posted on the official government website, gov.pl.

According to Prof. Andrzej Horban, the prime minister's chief Covid-19 advisor, Poland needs to brace itself for 16,000 to 20,000 daily infections later in the week. Horban said Poland was following the path of Western countries in which the third wave of the epidemic had developed earlier.

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.