Poland will ban flights from 46 countries as of September 2, according to a draft regulation published on Thursday.

The move comes as the government tries to tackle a spike in coronavirus infections without resorting to a complete lockdown.

“Due to the threat of spreading SARS CoV-2 virus infections, it is necessary to exercise the right to introduce air traffic bans… in order to minimize the threat to public health”, the regulation said.

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Countries affected by the ban include France and Spain, as well as Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, the United States, Israel, Mexico and Brazil.

In March, Poland closed its borders and suspended flights, but in May it loosened restrictions on public life, reopening shopping centres, hotels and restaurants. Polish national airline PLL LOT resumed international flights in July.

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The country has so far reported 64,689 infections and 2,010 deaths from COVID-19.

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