Eighth coronavirus patient dies in Poland

Another patient in Poland has died after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll to eight, authorities said on Monday.

A deserted highway in southern Poland amid a global coronavirus outbreak on Monday.

A deserted highway in southern Poland amid a global coronavirus outbreak on Monday.Photo: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz

The 83-year-old man died in a hospital in the southern town of Tychy, the country’s health ministry said in a tweet.

It added that the patient had been suffering from underlying medical conditions.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rose by 59 on Monday, bringing the total to 692.

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 have been suspended. 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 50 people have been banned.

The Polish health ministry said on Sunday that 1,084 people with suspected coronavirus infection were in hospitals nationwide, with a further 48,632 quarantined, 80,348 ordered to self-isolate after arriving from abroad, and 58,826 under epidemiological supervision.

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

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Source: IAR

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