Prime Minister at the Sejm: In the battle with the epidemic we must build a new model of economic life

At the Sejm, Mateusz Morawiecki presented information regarding the epidemiological situation related to the spread of the coronavirus in Poland.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

‘While battling the epidemic, we must also seek to build a new model of economic life in order for the economy to suffer as little as possible’ – the head of the government emphasised. ‘If we continue to rigorously follow the restrictions, we will be able to handle the coronavirus pandemic better than other countries’ – he added.

As the Prime Minister emphasised, personal protection equipment is crucial in the fight against the coronavirus. ‘We are trying to import it from anywhere in the world, while also restoring national production’ – Mateusz Morawiecki said. As he explained, almost 3,000,000 gloves and close to 0.5 million litres of disinfectants have already been distributed. In addition, 165 ventilators, out of the 1,000 ordered, have arrived in Poland.

The head of the government announced that 20 single-specialty hospitals, treating patients affected by the coronavirus, have been established in Poland. He also emphasised that 6,000 – 7,000 coronavirus tests are being performed every day, and soon their number will reach 8,000 – 9,000. At the same time, our country is currently in possession of 150,000 tests and further 800,000 have been contracted.

Mateusz Morawiecki stated that the health crisis is currently transforming into an economic crisis in the entire world. For this reason, Poland is creating new mechanisms of financing economy and health care, which are to adjust social and economic life to ‘the new normal’. ‘In order for that to happen, it is necessary to follow the social distancing guidelines and apply the rules of hygiene’.

Mateusz Morawiecki reminded that the government has proposed the anti-crisis action package, aimed at helping employers and employees. As he announced, approximately 200,000 companies have submitted requests for aid, and it is expected that at the end of the week the number of such requests will reach 280,000.

As the head of the government emphasised, the battle against the coronavirus also requires new funds within the framework of the European Union. As the source of such, the Prime Minister listed, among other things, digital tax, financial transaction tax, international corporation tax and abolition of tax havens.

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