COVID-19: No plans for fourth wave lockdown, says PM

The government has no plans for a national lockdown despite the fourth COVID-19 wave, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“We are not planning a lockdown in the form we remember from earlier COVID-19 waves. If the current restrictions are strictly observed, we will be sure to save many lives,” the Prime Minister told PAP. “Lockdowns were a solution when we had no other tools, but today we have vaccines,” he added.

Despite rising infection rates, there are fewer hospitalisations than during previous waves as there are fewer acute cases, especially among older age groups.

“This does not mean that we will not take specific actions. Much depends on the occupancy of hospitals. Today, despite the high number of infections, hospitals are less burdened than in previous waves, because infections and severe cases are less frequent, especially among seniors. Why? Because seniors have set a good example for us and are one of the groups with the highest percentage of vaccinations,” the head of the government noted.

“We carefully inspect and order all new COVID-19 treatments. We also have a buffer when it comes to hospital beds for COVID-19 patients - we have prepared 19,000 beds, and over 13,000 are occupied,” Prime Minister Morawiecki concluded.