After imposing tight restrictions on public gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus, hundreds of protesting entrepreneurs drove through the streets of Warsaw on Tuesday to demand government economic support for their businesses.

Footage shows the protesters driving around the city centre and sounding their horns. The police intervened, pulled over cars and demanded the protesters to adhere to the new restrictions.

"The government does nothing, we have a cardboard state," said a protester named Darek, who added that "my company has stopped and I don't know how to keep it going," and explained that "people don't have a job and I'm slowly starting to run out of money."

Poland has banned gatherings of more than two people, excluding families, and asked citizens to stay home except for essential activities. Yet, further restrictions on public life are expected to be imposed.

Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski warned of rapid growth in infections on Monday.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the country will not be able to reach the planned growth rate of 3.7 per cent in 2020 while the unemployment rate will rise more than expected.

As of Tuesday, 2,055 people had tested positive for coronavirus, while 31 people had died in Poland, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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