Ruling party leader against introduction of state of natural disaster

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Ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is against introducing a state of natural disaster in Poland in connection with the second wave of COVID-19. Kaczynski said in a press interview that the main aim now was support for the health services.

"Right now, we are concentrating on maintaining the efficiency of health services. We are assuming the worst-possible scenario, and that is what we are preparing the healthcare system for," Kaczynski said in an interview of which an excerpt was published on the niezalezna.pl portal on Tuesday. The entire interview will appear in the Gazeta Polska weekly on Wednesday.

Asked why he opposed the introduction of a state of natural disaster in the country, Kaczynski said this would prevent Poles from working and ultmately cripple the economy. "I am not a supporter of this solution. On the one hand, we must protect public health, but on the other, we must give people a chance to work. We must uphold the state's economic efficiency," he said.