Poland to replace state of epidemic with epidemic threat on May 16

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Poland will replace the state of Covid epidemic with a state of epidemic threat on May 16, the health minister has said.

The state of epidemic was introduced in Poland on March 20, 2020.

"This, in no way, means that there is no epidemic," Minister Adam Niedzielski told reporters on Friday.

"It is just like turning off a red light, which has been on for two years, and turning on a yellow one, which is a sign of a risk and a threat, but which also shows that the situation has been going in a desired direction," Niedzielski said.

On March 28, Poland lifted the obligation to wear face masks in public places except in medical facilities and pharmacies. Self-isolation and quarantine requirements were also abolished. The obligatory use of face masks in public was first introduced in Poland on April 16, 2020.