Poland’s daily COVID death toll hits fourth wave record, government spokesman

WARSAW, Dec. 15 (Reuters) – The daily death toll from COVID-19 in Poland during the fourth wave of the pandemic reached a record 660, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday, as the country attempts to combat the high infection rates with tighter restrictions.

“This is the effect of the last few weeks, when the number of cases has accumulated. They are mainly unvaccinated people,” spokesman Piotr Muller told private radio station Radio Zet.

The Department of Health is expected to officially announce the new death toll on Wednesday at 09:30 GMT. Muller said he would also announce more than 24,000 new coronavirus infections.

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The highest daily death toll in Poland during the pandemic stands at 954, affected in April this year.

Poland on Wednesday imposed new regulations to curb the spread of the virus, further limiting the number in some public spaces such as restaurants and closing nightclubs.

Countries around the world are stepping up restrictions ahead of the holiday season following the emergence last month of the new, fast-spreading Omicron variant, which has now been detected in 77 countries.

“There is no doubt that Omicron is already in Poland… Within the EU we have the free movement of people, so it is obvious that this change should take place in Poland,” Muller said.

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Reporting by Pawel Florkiewicz; Editing by Alan Charlish and David Clarke

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