COVID-19 cases in Poland spike to 3,266

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased by 320 since Thursday and reached 3,266, the Health Ministry stated on Friday afternoon.

The ministry reported eight new fatalities, raising the death toll to 65.

As of Friday morning, 2,158 people have been hospitalised, 174,997 quarantined and 44,491 put under medical surveillance.

Over 62,000 samples had so far been tested in Polish laboratories for coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday afternoon. More than 5,300 samples have been tested over the past 24 hours.

On March 20, Poland introduced a state of epidemic.

Anti-COVID 19 restrictions broadened

On Monday, PM Mateusz Morawiecki announced that the restrictions implemented to curb the proliferation of COVID-19 would be extended. The majority of the changes entered into force on Wednesday, April 1.

The new measures include limiting the possibility of leaving home; a formula on the number of customers in food shops that limits it to three per cash register (functioning or out of order regardless); access to parks and outdoor recreation spaces will be restricted. Hairdressers and beauty salons will be shut. City bike rental points will be closed.

All shops selling building supplies are to be closed on weekends.

Food stores will remain open, however, everyone will have to have gloves on while shopping. Food stores and pharmacies between 10 AM and 12 PM will be open only to people over the age of 65.

In workplaces, a distance of one and a half metres will have to be maintained and disinfection agents will have to be provided.

Limits on the number of passengers allowed and stricter controls will be introduced for private carriers.

Moreover, those underage will be allowed to be in public space only with an adult.

The government has also decided to close hotels and other accommodation facilities, with the exception of places used for quarantine. The quarantine formula will also be expanded.