Poland reports 7,937 new coronavirus infections

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The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Monday by 7,937 new cases and reached 1,719,708, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

Another 62 people have died of COVID-19 and 154 patients died due to the coexistence of COVID-19 with other diseases, making a total of 216 deaths. The death toll has reached 44,008.

The health ministry also reported that 15,400 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised and 192,491 are under quarantine. So far, 1,438,032 people have recovered.

In all, 3,383,426 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.