More restrictions on the way in Poland

24 Aug 2021

Polish Ministry of Health spokesperson Wojciech Andrusiewicz has stated that more restrictions will be imposed throughout the country during the fourth wave of the pandemic.

“We can be sure that some restrictions will appear, mostly in provinces with very low vaccination rates,” Andrusiewicz said during an interview with the Polish commercial broadcaster, Polsat News. 

The Ministry of Health spokesperson added that the government recognises that the daily number of new cases could hit 20,000 during the fourth wave of the Covid pandemic.

On Monday, Poland’s Ministry of Health reported 107 new coronavirus cases. Yet, even though nearly half of Poland’s population have received both doses of the Covid vaccine, experts have cautioned this may not be sufficient to prevent the upcoming fourth wave of the pandemic.

A substantial rise in infection numbers is forecast as early as next month, as the new school year begins across the country.

“We should all definitely get vaccinated right now. We have to remember that we need a few weeks for the vaccine to take effect and fully protect us,” according to Paweł Zmora PhD from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN).

“The falling number of daily vaccinations is really worrying. It’s like rejecting the only effective method of preventing this pandemic,” Włodzimierz Mazur, Silesian consultant of infectious diseases went on to add.

At the time of writing, there are 2,887,037 cases of coronavirus in Poland, and 75,324 fatalities have been reported.