An outbreak in Polish mines - and other Europe updates

Screening at Ziemowit mine, Ledziny, Poland 3 Jun 20
Screening for coronavirus at a coal mine in southern Poland

Poland is temporarily closing 12 coal mines to stop the spread of the virus. Here's more on that and other stories from around Europe:

  • Poland recorded the highest number of new cases in the EU on Sunday – 575 - due to an outbreak at the Zofiowka mine. Many infected miners have not shown symptoms, which has helped to spread the virus. Poland is the EU’s largest producer of hard coal, but its power stations have enough stocks to generate electricity. Covid-19 cases and deaths overall remain quite low in Poland, compared with western Europe
  • In the Republic of Ireland thousands more businesses have reopened. It is now in Phase 2 of a four-phase plan to ease the lockdown, so most shops are reopening, though not yet those in shopping malls. People can now travel up to 20km (12 miles) from their home, or anywhere in their own county
  • Denmark's easing began in mid-April, and on Monday its Phase 3 started, with one more phase to go. Danes can now meet in groups of up to 50, and gyms and swimming pools are reopening, though with social distancing rules in place