Poland will lift most of the remaining restrictions on March 1.

Poland will lift most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions on March 1, but the country will keep the mask rule for public transport and indoor venues.

“We are lifting most of the restrictions and leaving only the most necessary,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Wednesday, adding that office workers would no longer be available. required to work remotely.

Morawiecki said the number of deaths and hospitalizations, mainly caused by the Omicron variant, was lower than expected. While the pandemic is not over, he added, the incentive trends make the risk of switching to an endemic approach to the virus is worthwhile.

The move is a watershed moment for the Eastern European country, one of the few countries in the region that has been particularly hard hit by previous variations. Last spring, Poland reported some of the highest death rates in Europe.

To limit the spread of infectious diseases caused by Omicron, Poland has increased testing efforts and established distance learning for some students.

On Wednesday, officials said the country had reported 20,456 new coronavirus cases, down 30% from the previous week and 360 deaths. Polish health officials say the majority of those deaths are in people who have not been fully vaccinated.

According to a New York Times tracker, about 58 percent of the country’s population is fully vaccinated.

Poland is the latest in a growing list of European countries to have announced their intention to scrap the coronavirus rules after a long winter that saw Omicron fuel a new wave of infections across the continent. land.

This week, Britain said it plans to lift remaining legal limits and end free coronavirus testing. And Germany announced this month that it would lift most of the country’s remaining restrictions by March 20. Poland will lift most of the remaining restrictions on March 1.

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