Poland’s daily COVID death toll hits fourth wave record

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WARSAW, Dec. 15 (Reuters) – The daily death toll in Poland from COVID-19 during the fourth wave of the pandemic reached a record 669, the health ministry said on Wednesday, as the country battles 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,” government spokesman Piotr Muller told private radio station Radio Zet earlier.

The health ministry also said there were 24,266 new cases of COVID-19.

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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, David Clarke and Giles Elgood

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