Polish PM announces nationwide partial lockdown amid record virus surge
FILE PHOTO: Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. /VCG Image

FILE PHOTO: Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. /VCG Image

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday announced a nationwide partial lockdown following a record spike in coronavirus cases.

Poland reported nearly 9,000 cases beating the previous record number of daily coronavirus cases of 5,300 which was reported on Sunday.

Other restrictions announced include limits on opening hours for bars and restaurants, sports events and schools in some areas.

Additionally, sports events will be held without fans, gyms and swimming pools will close. Moreover, schools in the hardest hit areas will have to offer only distance learning.

"I am calling on all elderly people to stay home...we will win this fight, but only if we are united and responsible," Morawiecki told a news conference.

On Saturday, the government announced additional restrictions to contain the spread of the virus after reporting record numbers of infections for five straight days.

Some of the measures included setting aside special shopping hours for senior citizens and increasing funding to care homes. The wearing of masks outside is already compulsory across the whole of the country.

Poland is one of a number of European countries battling a resurgence in coronavirus cases. The resurgence has come ahead of the influenza season in the ­northern hemisphere.

Authorities have scrambled to implement tough restrictions but, unlike earlier in the year, have experienced some resistance this time round.

(With input from agencies)