Ninety-three coronavirus cases confirmed in Poland, two fatalities

Nine new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 93, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday afternoon.

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

The new cases have been reported in Warsaw, Poznań, western Poland, Lublin, eastern Poland, and Łódź, central Poland.

The ministry added that so far 4,414 tests for coronavirus infection had been carried out, with 1,500 people being tested over the last 24 hours.

A 73-year-old coronavirus patient died on Friday evening in a hospital in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland. The man, who suffered from several chronic ailments, was hospitalised last Friday with breathing problems. The first patient, aged 57, died on March 12 in Poznan, western Poland.

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

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.