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Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński says Poland will enhance sanitary control at its borders with Ukraine, Belarus and Russia from Tuesday, March 10, as it steps up efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Today enhanced control is being introduced on the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic. Similar measures will be taken at the external borders from Tuesday, he said, as reported by Radio Poland's Ukrainian service on March 9.

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"Tomorrow [Tuesday] all medical and sanitary procedures will be fully introduced on our external border, that is, on the borders with Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. All Polish borders will be protected in several tens of hours," the official said.

According to Kamiński, the comprehensive control will be carried out by Polish border guards, firefighters, customs officers, and road transport inspectors. Crossing points will be operating around the clock. There will be ambulances and doctors on the spot, while sick persons will be hospitalized directly from the border.

The minister asked travelers for understanding and patience, as the traffic management would be changed over border controls. The official emphasized that the actions taken are "in the interests of all of us."