WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Statistics for 2020 show deaths spiked in Poland to a level unseen since World War II and births sharply declined, trends that are being attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported Tuesday that Poland registered 357,400 births last year, the lowest number since 2005, and some 486,200 deaths. The overall data showed a population loss of some 129,000 people, compared with a decline of some 36,400 in 2019. The newspaper says the low birth rate surprised observers because some experts predicted the lockdown measures the Polish government has imposed on and off since mid-March would lead to a baby boom. Poland has a population of more than 38 million.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open tournament director expects the year’s first tennis major to start as scheduled next week despite 160 players being among the 507 people forced back into isolation after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for COVID-19. Craig Tiley says “We will be starting on Monday and we have no intention of changing times.” Melbourne Park was almost empty as Tiley spoke to media. All matches in all six warmup events were postponed Thursday after the state government announced the new coronavirus case overnight. Tiley says all 160 players would undergo testing and the tuneup tournaments will resume Friday.