Polish PM tells voters COVID-19 is disease ‘like any other’

WARSAW — Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday Poles should not be afraid to vote in the second round of a presidential election due on July 12 because the novel coronavirus has become a disease “like any other.”

His nationalist ruling party’s presidential candidate, the incumbent Andrzej Duda, faces a neck-and-neck re-election bid against centrist Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, following a first round of voting last Sunday.

Poland has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well, with fewer than 1,500 deaths so far out of a total population of some 38 million, though it continues to report new cases in the hundreds each day.

“This is now a disease that we could say is like any other, we are only waiting for a vaccine,” state news agency PAP quoted Morawiecki as saying.

“And the institutions assessing the first round (of the election) have confirmed that it was organized in a very appropriate way. Let’s not be afraid of participating in the second round,” he added.

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