Poland's restrictions keep infection rate low, health minister says

2020-04-09 10:56 update: 2020-04-09, 17:21
Łukasz Szumowski. Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Łukasz Szumowski. Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Poland would now be facing some 25,000 coronavirus infections, five time more than the current infection count, had the government not introduced restrictions in March, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski told Polish public radio on Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, there were 5,341 coronavirus cases in Poland.

First restrictions were announced on March 8, with the general lock-down imposed on March 24 for all citizens, except travel to work and essential needs.

Szumowski said there was no need for new, drastic restrictions as "the ones we have introduced clearly show that there has been a significant reduction (in new infections - PAP)."

If the government lifted the restrictions for Easter, the number of infections would jump by 30-40 percent, according to the health minister. (PAP)