Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 20,619

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The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 476 since Thursday and reached 20,619 the Ministry of Health said on Friday evening. Another 10 people have died, bringing the death toll to 982.

Out of the total number of new infection cases, 285 were identified in the Silesia mining region in southern Poland, which has so far shown the highest number of coronavirus infections as coal companies are still receiving the results of large-scale coronavirus tests conducted on mine workers.

Earlier in the day, the ministry reported that, in all, 2,261 people suspected of coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 77,768 are under quarantine, 19,500 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 8,731 people have recovered.

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 first case of coronavirus infection in Poland was reported on March 4.

On March 20, Poland introduced a state of epidemic. On March 31, the government announced further restrictions on the movement of people. Some of the restrictions were lifted on April 20 with further easing introduced on May 4 and May 18.