President Andrzej Duda announced the end of the epidemic, and the government continues to lift the remaining restrictions. Poles are getting used to living with coronavirus, as more and more people return to parks, shops, restaurants and gyms.
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Meanwhile, on Saturday the Ministry of Health announced a record number of new daily infections, and throughout the week Poland consistently ranked among the EU countries with the most new Covid-19 cases .

When it comes to politics, both the government and Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski faced votes of no-confidence in the parliament - in both cases the Law and Justice majority stood loyal to its cabinet. During a particularly heated parliamentary debate, the leader of PiS Jarosław Kaczyński called the opposition “boorish rabble” . A week later, he has yet to apologize for his outburst.

The scandal concerning Minister Szumowski and the questionable deals his ministry concluded during the pandemic continues. After the Ministry of Health bought 1.2 thousand ventilators for PLN 200 million from a company owned by an arms dealer, not a single device was delivered. In fact, we have reported this week that it is very unlikely that the company will ever deliver them, because their producers deny ever being in contact with it .

The radicalization of language in Polish politics is not without consequences. Last Saturday, a journalist from the online news outlet OKO.press was attacked before a concert at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. The concert of a well-known right-wing comedian turned to a display of political polarization after the crowd brawled with several protesters. Protesters and journalists were denounced as “Bolsheviks” and “communist pigs”, before one of the concert participants attacked a journalist by forcefully hitting her in the chest.

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Miłosz Wiatrowski

Newsletter’s Editor

PhD candidate in Contemporary European History, Yale University 

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The requirement to wear facemasks outside the home has been lifted much too soon, since epidemiologists are increasingly stressing the effectiveness of universal mask wearing. As in the US outside New York State, the infection rate remains more or less constant instead of decreasing, and in the next couple of weeks we can expect an increase, since people have gone to crowded holiday spots in droves (beach and mountain resorts, tthe Mazurian lakes).
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