| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Poland mulling COVID-19 restrictions at Czech, Slovak borders

Poland’s Health Minister, Adam Niedzielski, has not ruled out imposing restrictions at the country’s borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia due to their increasing number of coronavirus infections.

“Borders will be open for persons with negative test results, but this is as of today, as the dynamics of the situation may change,” Niedzielski told Radio Zet on Saturday, adding the decisions will be taken next week.

“Yes, definitely,” he said when asked whether the cabinet was mulling restrictions at the southern borders with the 2 countries, which have recently reported high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The minister also noted that he expected the peak of the third wave of the pandemic in March or April, saying the cabinet is also considering reimposing curbs on social life in regions with highest numbers of infections, including the northeast.

Poland has loosened some restrictions, recently opening ski slopes as well as cinemas, hotels and theaters at up to 50% capacity, but authorities have warned that these measures may have to be rolled back depending on the pandemic situation.

  • Reuters