Polish govt pledges $52 bln to coronavirus fight

A Polish border guard takes the body temperature of a Polish woman. Getty Images

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced a 212bn zloty (£43bn; $52bn) fiscal package to help the country manage the impact of the spread of coronavirus.

Morawiecki said the package would consist of five parts: job safety, business financing, health care, strengthening the financial system and a public investment programme.

Under the measures, the state will cover 40% of workers’ salaries in struggling companies to avoid redundancies. Workers will also be allowed to delay their social security payments.

The prime minister promised 7.5bn zloty support for the country’s health care system and 30bn zloty for public investments, including roads, digitisation, energy sector transformation and the modernisation of schools.

Poland currently has 246 confirmed cases and five deaths.

($1 = 4.0798 zlotys)

SOURCE: AGENCIES

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