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Poland switches to remote learning amid record surge in Covid cases

Older children in Poland switched back to remote learning from Thursday as the country reported a record surge in cases of the coronavirus for the second day in a row.

Warsaw, 28 January 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Older children in Poland switched back to remote learning from Thursday as the country reported a record surge in cases of the coronavirus for the second day in a row.

The latest 24-hour increase in infections came in at 57,659, the Health Ministry announced. During the same period, 262 people died in connection with the virus in the country of 38 million.

Following a directive from the Education Ministry, school students from the fifth year upwards stayed at home as part of an arrangement set to last one month initially.

Poland is also rolling out free coronavirus tests. Currently, there are 64 pharmacies nationwide where citizens can get tested, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said, while others have applied for authorization.

The opposition has long accused the government of the national-conservative PiS party of avoiding drastic restrictions in response to the pandemic, so as not to alienate vaccination sceptics in its own ranks.

So far, for example, the government in Warsaw has done nothing to create a legal basis for the operators of restaurants, hotels and shops to ask the vaccination status of their customers.

A bill that would allow employers to request the vaccination status of their workers or demand they get tested has also been stuck in parliament for months.

PiS has a fragile majority in the legislature and depends on the support of lawmakers who oppose vaccination.

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