Another 32 new coronavirus cases in Poland - ministry

Another 32 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 355, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday evening.

To date, five people infected with the virus have died in Poland.

According to the ministry, 16 new cases were reported in the Mazowieckie province, 6 in the Slaskie province, 5 in the Lubuskie province. Five more provinces reported one new case within their territories.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Poland was reported on March 4, with the patient hospitalised in the western city of Zielona Gora.

The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. Its symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fatigue. It is suspected that coronavirus infection, which can lead to life-threatening pneumonia, first occurred in China at the end of 2019 at a market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and urged aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

A state of epidemic threat has been in force in Poland since this past weekend.