Three week partial lockdown in Poland as cases surge

The fresh restrictions come as Poland has seen the spread of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain which has been responsible for the majority of recent infections

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France faced weekend lockdown even as the Polish government announced a three-week partial lockdown from Saturday as Europe continues to grapple with the coronavirus epidemic.In Poland the daily tally of new coronavirus cases reached the highest level this year as the government announced shopping malls, hotels, pools, gyms and schools will be closed until at least April 9.Poland already has a string of restrictions in place, including closed restaurants, fitness centres and schools for grades 4 and higher.

The fresh restrictions come as Poland has seen the spread of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first detected in Britain which has been responsible for the majority of recent infections. The country has been implementing regional lockdowns to contain a surge in infections driven by the new variant, however, the government has warned that a national lockdown was possible if case numbers kept rising.

Poland’s health minister said the recent spike has added pressure on already overwhelmed hospitals forcing authorities to impose fresh restrictions. The country has already registered over 48,000 COVID-19 deaths with over 1,956 million cases.

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