WARSAW (REUTERS) - Poland is seeing the beginning of a third wave of coronavirus infections, a health ministry spokesman said on Friday (Feb 19), as the country posted a large week-on-week increase in daily cases.
Poland has loosened some restrictions, recently opening ski slopes as well as cinemas, hotels and theatres at up to 50 per cent capacity, but the authorities have warned that these measures may have to be rolled back depending on the pandemic situation.
"We are at the beginning of the third wave. It is not as dynamic as in Slovakia or the Czech Republic... but unfortunately, we are observing this upward trend," Mr Wojciech Andrusiewicz told reporters. "Week to week, we unfortunately see a 20 per cent growth trend."
He added that around 10 per cent of Covid-19 cases in Poland were now the British variant.
On Friday, Poland reported 8,777 new cases of the coronavirus and 241 deaths. In total, it has reported 1,623,218 cases of the coronavirus and 41,823 deaths.