Poland reports record rise in daily coronavirus cases and deaths

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The number of Poland's confirmed coronavirus infections has grown since Tuesday by a record 24,692 new cases, and reached 439,536, the health ministry said on Wednesday morning.

Another 373 persons have died, the highest daily total so far, bringing the death toll to 6,475.

The Health Ministry also reported that 18,654 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 408,121 are under quarantine, 43,549 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 168,960 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.