President says pandemic under control in Poland

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The coronavirus pandemic is under control in Poland, President Andrzej Duda said on Friday during a visit to the Vatican as the Polish health ministry reported another record daily rise in infections earlier in the day.

"The pandemic is not retreating, but is under control in our country," Duda told a press briefing, commenting on the highest daily total of coronavirus cases reported for the second consecutive day on Friday.

"We do not have any risk of an explosion, there is an increase that has been forecast," Duda told reporters.

He said that, according to information provided by the head of the government sanitary service (GIS), due to returns from holidays, returns to work and to schools, Poland can expect further increases in coronavirus infections until mid-October with a subsequent flattening of the curve.

Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska told PAP on Friday that the increase in new COVID-19 cases results from higher activity and non-compliance with sanitary rules.