Coronavirus live news: Poland faces third Covid wave; Japan confirms new variant

Poland beginning to see a third wave of infections; Japan finds new variant

11.13am GMT

Poland is seeing the beginning of a third wave of coronavirus infections, a health ministry spokesman said on Friday, as the country posted a large week-on-week increase in daily cases.

Reuters reports:

Poland has loosened some restrictions, recently opening ski slopes as well as cinemas, hotels and theatres at up to 50% capacity, but authorities have warned that these measures may have to be rolled back depending on the pandemic situation.

“We are at the beginning of the third wave, it is not as dynamic as in Slovakia or the Czech Republic…, but unfortunately we are observing this upward trend,” Wojciech Andrusiewicz told reporters.

10.07am GMT

Malaysia has reported 2,936 new cases on Friday, raising the total number of recorded infections to 277,811. The health ministry also reported 13 new deaths, taking total fatalities from the pandemic to 1,043, Reuters reports.

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