Thursday, August 11 2022

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Public administration workers will soon have to work from home due to rising Covid infections, but the government is unlikely to introduce lockdowns, the health minister has said.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Adam Niedzielski said the mandatory “work from home” scheme will be enforced “as far as possible” in public administration.

“An ordinance on the obligation to work from home in public administration will be published in a few days,” Niedzielski said.

The health minister also called on private employers to switch to online work as Poland could see 50,000 new daily coronavirus infections next week.

“The results are very serious, not only indicating that we have entered the fifth wave (of the pandemic – PAP), but also that this wave will grow very rapidly in the coming days,” Niedzielski warned. “The last two days have seen growth that we haven’t seen before.”

“Today’s result is 30,586 new infections,” the minister said. “We haven’t seen such a number in the entire fourth wave, I’m talking about the previous wave in the fall.”

Niedzielski said the highly infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus was on course to gain dominance in Poland, with the new mutation’s current share at 20% of all new cases.

However, the minister said the government would ‘rather’ not resort to lockdowns but instead go ‘in the direction of the Covid certificate’.

At the moment, Covid certificates are not required in Poland to enter a public place.

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