Some pandemic restrictions to be lifted in parts of Poland

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Poland is past the peak of the current third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in some regions restrictions can be eased from April 26, the health minister told an online press conference on Wednesday.

Among others, Adam Niedzielski announced the reopening of hair and beauty salons and the restoration of hybrid education in grades 1-3 from April 26. He also informed that culture institutions would probably be reopened after the long weekend in May.

The health minister said on Wednesday that the close to 14,000 infection count showed the infection rate was declining, he also reported less new hospitalisations.

"One can say that we are past a certain peak regarding the number of new infections in this third wave. It also appears we are past the peak in hospitalisations... but in both cases it must be stated very clearly, that both the infection and hospitalisation figures are still very high," Niedzielski said.

Niedzielski added that current pandemic restrictions will be upheld in five provinces with exceptionally high infection figures - Slaskie, Dolnoslaskie, Wielkopolskie, Lodzkie and Opolskie.

He also stated that a detailed plan for reopening the economy would be presented next Wednesday.