As many as 8,710 people have died from coronavirus while 204,487 have been infected worldwide, since the outbreak started in Wuhan, China in early December. The World Health Organization classed the virus crisis as a pandemic on March 11.
The latest figures from the Polish government reports the total number of confirmed cases as 287.
Five people have died in Poland as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
All of them had serious health problems before the infection.
Poland is made up of 16 voivodeships – an area or province administered by a governor.
Poland, one of Europe’s most staunchly Catholic countries, has shut cinemas, schools, theaters, and has limited gatherings to 50 people or less.
This has curtailed many Masses and is designed to slow down the spread of the virus.
Under normal circumstances, a third of the Polish population attends Mass regularly.
The country has also closed its borders, which has led to some travellers being stranded.
At the Jedrzychowice crossing between Poland and Germany, some travellers have been stranded for 17 hours or longer in recent days without water or access to portable toilets.
Trucks and passenger cars have snaked for dozens of kilometres on both sides of the frontier.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki came under fire from his EU peers on Tuesday for not letting citizens of the three Baltic states cross on their way home from western Europe in a breach of EU law.
Warsaw said on Tuesday it would reopen some crossings with the Czech Republic and Lithuania and let through more vehicles in and out of Germany.
Published at Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:46:00 +0000