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Poland reported a record number of new daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, with 1,967 new cases, while the country’s health minister said he expected daily new cases could continue peaking above 2,000 in the next few days.

Over the past week, Poland has recorded more than 1,000 new cases each day. Authorities announced a previous record of 1,587 new infections on Friday.

“We have to expect an escalation of the pandemic. Our forecasts show that in the nearest future, I’m talking about the next two weeks, this figure will continue to be in the range of over 1,500, even 2,000 a day,” Poland’s health minister, Adam Niedzielski, told a news conference.

New restrictions were announced in the worst-affected areas on Tuesday, with the government saying restaurants and bars would have to close by 10pm.

The government also updated on Thursday its list of red and yellow zones – areas that have more cases and therefore tougher restrictions – which will come into effect on Saturday.

The zones include the northern cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, as well as the city of Szczecin.

The deputy health minister, Waldemar Kraska, said that if the situation worsened, further restrictions could be introduced.

Since the start of the pandemic, Poland has recorded a total of 93,481 coronavirus infections and 2,543 deaths.

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