Majority of Poles oppose tighter COVID-19 restrictions: poll

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WARSAW, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- One-third of Poles (33.2 percent) want their country's COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions eased, 33.7 percent would like to see them left unchanged, and only 21 percent would prefer stricter restrictive measures, a recent poll has shown.

Another 12.1 percent had no opinion on the matter, according to the poll with a representative national sample of 1,000 individuals. It was carried out on Feb. 19 by United Surveys for the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and radio broadcaster RMF FM and was released on Tuesday.

Asked to specify the restrictions that should be introduced first if the government decided to tighten them, the relative majority, or 45.9 percent, of respondents said an order to wear masks instead of other face coverings, such as helmets, scarves or headscarves, followed by measures including closures of shopping malls, cultural institutions, sports facilities, and the suspension of full-time education in lower grades.

Poland's Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Monday that up to eight million of his compatriots may be immune to the coronavirus.

Niedzielski told the private news station TVN24 that based on two recent immunity studies it was possible to "draw certain conclusions regarding the entire population."

"Both of these studies included close to 1,200 people, and in both studies we discovered antibodies in about 15-20 percent of the people," he said.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in some countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

Meanwhile, 251 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 70 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on Feb. 19. Enditem

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