Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 21,867

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The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 236 since Monday and reached 21,867 the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,013.

Out of the total number of new infection cases, 187 were identified in the Silesia mining region in southern Poland, which so far has showed 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, 2,171 people suspected of coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 78,864 are under quarantine, 19,139 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 10,200 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.