Poland introduces stricter enforcement of coronavirus limits

FILE PHOTO: The "Blue Poodle" pub is seen closed in Sopot, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Poland, March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will introduce new coronavirus restrictions from Saturday in the hardest hit areas, the health minister said on Tuesday, including stricter enforcement of rules about wearing masks and a ban on using some venues for dancing.

“Only those with a medical certificate from a doctor can choose not to mask wear a mask where it is mandatory...any person who doesn’t wear a mask (and doesn’t have a certificate) will face the harshest of punishments,” Poland’s Health Minister Adam Niedzielski told a news conference.

The country reported 2,236 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, close to Saturday’s record of 2,367. With a population of 38 million, Poland has reported 104,316 cases overall and 2,717 deaths.

Reporting by Alan Charlish and Alicja Ptak, Writing by Joanna Plucinska