Poland's coronavirus daily death toll reaches new grim record

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The number of daily coronavirus deaths broke another record on Saturday, reaching 548 people and bringing the death toll to 10,045.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has increased since Friday by 25,571 new infections, and reached 691,118 the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning.

The ministry also reported that 22,320 people with confirmed coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 440,025 are under quarantine, 30,625 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 282,215 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. On October 24, the entire country was designated as a 'red-zone' subject to renewed epidemic counter-measures including online learning for most students and cafes, restaurants and shopping malls being shut down. On November 7, Poland expanded its current pandemic regime rolling out new restrictions in retail, entertainment, schooling and hotels.