Poland reports record coronavirus cases for third day

FILE PHOTO: Health workers in protective clothing take a swab sample from a driver of a mobile miners test station at the Bielszowice coal mine after the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ruda Slaska, Poland, on July 27, 2020. Grzegorz Celejewski / Agencja Gazeta / via REUTERS

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases for the third time in a row at 658, the Ministry of Health said.

In the southern Polish mining region of Silesia, more than 200 cases have been reported that have been struggling with an outbreak among miners.

The ministry also reported five new deaths.

Poland has reported a total of 46,346 coronavirus cases and 1,721 deaths.

The Prime Minister this week has not ruled out tightening some restrictions if the situation worsens.

Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Saturday that weddings that have become a source of many infections in the past few weeks may be restricted.

"We are considering whether to introduce restrictions in the regions with the highest number of infections stating that fewer people can attend weddings, or whether weddings should be registered so that they can be better controlled," Szumowski told the private RMF24 radio.

Poland currently allows 150 guests for a wedding.

Sanitation services said the resurgence of COVID-19 among miners is a result of the loosening of restrictions and working conditions in coal mines where it is difficult to enforce social distancing.

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; Edited by Jason Neely

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