Poland reports highest daily total of 20,156 coronavirus infections

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased since Wednesday by 20,156 new infections, a new daily record, and reached 319,205, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday morning. Another 301 persons have died, bringing the death toll to 5,149.

The number of deaths also reached a new grim record.

Earlier on Thursday, the Health Ministry reported that 14,631 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 489,079 are under quarantine and 48,977 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 129,267 people have recovered.

The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. Its symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fatigue. It is suspected that coronavirus infection, which can lead to life-threatening pneumonia, first occurred in China at the end of 2019 at a market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Poland was reported on March 4.

On March 20, Poland introduced a state of epidemic. On March 31, the government announced further restrictions on the movement of people. Some of the restrictions were lifted on April 20 with further easing introduced gradually throughout May and June. Since August, Poland has been introducing tougher sanitary restrictions for counties with growing infection figures. From October 24, the entire country was designated as a 'red-zone' subject to renewed restrictions, including online learning for most students and cafes and restaurants being shut down.