President says crisis management team discusses anti-crisis shield

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President Andrzej Duda said after a meeting of the Government Crisis Management Team that the anti-crisis shield was among the subjects discussed on Thursday.

"This is PLN 212 billion (EUR 47 billion), a huge amount, which we will be trying to distribute in a wise way in order to truly help employers and entrepreneurs, and to protect the Polish economy," Duda said.

The head of state also announced that the assistance programme for the economy could be modified and intensified if necessary.

"We will do everything possible to protect Poland in the best possible way against the results of what has been going on now. (...) We will be seeking all attainable solutions. We have a programme today, but it will surely be modified, strengthened, intensified and enlarged. We must be flexible," he said.

Admitting that the situation was difficult and that no one knew how long it could last, the president declared that Poland's authorities were doing their best. "One could expect more coronavirus infections as this is how it looks in other parts of the world. We have been doing everything to prevent it," he said.

The assistance package for the economy was presented after a meeting of the cabinet Council on Wednesday.

President Duda also expressed his hope that supplies of personal protective agents will improve in coming days, adding that new production capacities were being launched to meet this goal.