Prime Minister: Poles' health security is the most important thing

In the face of a global pandemic, the most important words are safety and responsibility. We must take all possible steps to maintain the health security of Poles, said Mateusz Morawiecki during the joint press conference with the heads of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Interior and Administration.


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As the Prime Minister informed, the government decided to announce the state of epidemic threat. According to the Act, this is a state that allows us to impose additional restrictions that are necessary to stop the spread of the virus explained Mateusz Morawiecki.

The most important decisions include the following:

∙ Border controls will be temporarily restored - from 15 March for 10 days, with the possibility to prolong this period.

∙ A ban on entering Poland by the foreigners will be introduced.

∙ People returning from abroad must undergo a two-week home quarantine.

∙ We suspend international air and rail connections.

∙ Cargo transport works. The borders remain open to the flow of goods.

∙ National bus, air and rail transport operates normally.

∙ Shops that are located outside the shopping malls will be open.

∙ Restaurants, bars and cafes will only be allowed to provide delivery and take-away services.

∙ Banks and financial institutions continue their operation.

∙ Prohibition of public gatherings of over 50 people, including state and religious gatherings.

A time of social trial and cross-generational solidarity is ahead of us the Prime Minister emphasised. I'm sure we will pass this exam and our greatest asset will be calmness. That is why we introduce the restrictions. I am asking everyone to follow these recommendations he added.

This is the final moment for decisive actions, there is no time for half measures said Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski. He added that we still have a chance to control the spread of coronavirus. The Minister emphasised that there are over 17,000 cases of infection in Italy, in Spain over 4,000 and in Poland 68.

Sometimes a medicine is bitter and a treatment or surgery is difficult, but it leads to the improvement of health Łukasz Szumowski pointed out. The future of all of us, of our loved ones, depends on how we behave now he explained.

Referring to the issue of closing borders, Minister of the Interior and Administration Mariusz Kamiński emphasised that this decision was not easy, however, consulted with the Minister of Health. We need to close the borders against coronavirus he pointed out, recalling that the new virus came to Poland from the outside.

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