Visegrad Group members start coronavirus consultations

Szynkowski vel Sęk said Poland was not planning border restrictions at the current stage of the epidemic. Rafał Guz/PAP

Officials from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (Visegrad Group, V4) on Friday started a series of weekly videoconferences on ways to fight the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to facilitate exchange of information on preventive measures applied.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk, who represented Poland, recalled at a press conference following the online meeting that V4 prime ministers at their September summit in Ljubljana agreed to create a related framework of information exchange.

Szynkowski vel Sęk said that it is crucial that V4 countries informed themselves of actions they take and their plans in the battle against the coronavirus as well as exchanging their experience and knowledge in this respect.

Experts from respective foreign and health ministries will take part in subsequent conferences, along with representatives of other institutions, as required, the deputy minister said.

Apart from purely health-related topics, the talks will also deal with cross-border traffic, air transport and internal regulations and restrictions.

Szynkowski vel Sęk said Poland was not planning border restrictions at the current stage of the epidemic.

Poland's coronavirus infections hit a new record on Friday, with 4,739 people testing positive for the disease. Fifty-two people died, raising the death toll to 2,919.