Polish PM expects high infection count among miners as tests progress

Morawiecki said 200 to 300 new infections could be detected daily in the region in the coming days. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Coal mines are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus and the government expects high numbers of detected infections in the next 8-10 days, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.

Large number of miners and their families are being tested now, Morawiecki said after a meeting of a local crisis management team in Katowice, the capital of Poland's mining region of Silesia.

Silesia has seen rising numbers of infections that originated mainly in coal mines.

Morawiecki said 200 to 300 new infections could be detected daily in the region in the coming days.

The prime minister also said the government will subsidise miners' wages during the preventive stoppage time at mines.

Morawiecki said miners could not work due to the epidemic and not economic reasons, therefore the government felt obliged to help them out.

On Monday, State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin announced that all miners will receive 100 percent of their wages during stoppage time.