Poland rolls out stricter measures amid surging COVID-19 cases

WARSAW, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Stricter measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 will come into force as of Saturday, the Polish government announced on Friday after a record number of daily cases was reported.

Poland's ministry of health reported 13,632 new COVID-19 infections and 153 deaths on Friday, bringing the totals to 228,318 cases and 4,172 deaths respectively.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced during a press conference that starting Saturday, the entire country will be subject to stricter restrictions, including remote learning for students in some grades, a ban on most events and additional limits on passengers traveling on public transport. In addition, restaurants are no longer allowed to receive eat-in guests.

Morawiecki appealed to senior citizens to stay home, adding that teams of volunteers will respond to the needs of those without families.

In a televised address on Friday evening, the prime minister warned that authorities will act against people not abiding by the restrictions," because following the rules... are in the interest of us all."

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