In Poland, the third wave of coronavirus infection is predicted, and in some cities, mass New Year celebrations have already been preventively canceled.
Today, October 21, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawecki made a statement in which he admitted that “we must learn to live with the pandemic in the long term”.
“We are dealing with a very dangerous phenomenon: the second wave of coronavirus. Perhaps, the third wave awaits us. It all depends on whether a cure for Covid-19 or a vaccine is invented. Our strategy is to build a social and economic life so that we could study, work and live, not to close the economy and at the same time cut the drive belt of the propaganda,” the prime minister said.
Today, it also became known that the authorities of large Polish megacities decided to cancel the mass holidays for the New Year – 2021. Gulags were abolished in Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, and Gdynia.
“This year, due to the circumstances of New Year’s entertainment in the open air, unfortunately, will not be,” – notified the Gdansk City Hall.
EADaily adds that in the “pre-coronavirus” time for the New Year vacations in Poland went a significant proportion of Russians from the neighboring Kaliningrad region. Thus, the beginning of the new year, 2020 was celebrated in Poland by more than 92 thousand residents of the Russian exclave (10% of the total number of people living in the region). According to the Customs Chamber in Olsztyn, Russians from Kaliningrad traditionally spend impressive amounts of money on New Year holidays. For example, from 1 to 9 January 2017 Kaliningrad citizens spent in Poland 5.7 million PLN (the Russian equivalent of about 114 million rubles).
As of today, October 21, Poland since the beginning of the pandemic revealed more than 200 thousand infected with the coronavirus. More than 3 851 people died.