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Coronavirus cases in Poland rise to 1,984, death toll at 26: health ministry

30.03.2020 14:50
A total of 1,984 people have tested positive for the Covid-19 disease in Poland, with 26 deaths from the coronavirus so far, officials said on Monday afternoon.
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The number of new virus cases rose by 122 from the previous day, while the death toll increased by four, according to public health authorities.

One of the latest deaths in Poland’s coronavirus outbreak is a 32-year-old woman who had underlying medical conditions, the health ministry in Warsaw said.

Officials warned on Sunday that nearly a quarter of those infected with the coronavirus in Poland were under 30.

The health ministry on Sunday confirmed 224 new coronavirus infections nationwide, down from 249 the previous day.

The Polish health ministry reported on Sunday evening that 1,879 people with suspected coronavirus infection were in hospitals nationwide, with a further 100,215 quarantined, 169,092 ordered to self-isolate after arriving from abroad, and 52,612 under epidemiological supervision.

The first infection was confirmed by Polish authorities on March 4, while the country's first coronavirus fatality was announced on March 12.

Poland has declared a "state of epidemic" and temporarily closed its borders to non-residents in a move to curb the spread of the illness.

International scheduled flights and passenger rail connections were suspended on March 15. The government is chartering special flights to help Poles abroad return home.

In another move to contain the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, the government has limited the operations of shopping malls and closed all pubs, clubs and entertainment venues.

Public gatherings of more than two people have been banned.

Health and government officials have urged Poles to stay home and practice social distancing.

An initial two-week closure of the country’s schools has been extended until Easter.


Source: IAR, PAP