Thursday death toll a cumulation of Easter figures - ministry

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Thursday's high Covid-19 death toll is partly due to the cumulation of death figures over Easter, which had not been reported daily over the holiday, the health ministry has said.

On Thursday Poland recorded 954 Covid deaths, the highest daily count since the start of the epidemic.

"Today's tragic figure of 954 deaths partly consists of deaths over the (Easter - PAP) holiday," ministry spokesperson Wojciech Andrusiewicz said. Andrusiewicz said about 100 of the Thursday-reported deaths occurred on Good Friday, about 130 on Easter Saturday, and a similar number on Easter Sunday.

He added that the rising death figures were a direct effect of the recent increase in Covid-19 infections.

On Thursday Poland's prime minister appealed for a "responsible" approach to the pandemic and strict adherence to binding sanitary regulations.