Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland reaches 25,669

Out of the total number of new infection cases, 195 were identified in the Silesia mining region of southern Poland. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Poland increased by 259 since Friday evening and reached 25,669 the Ministry of Health said on Saturday morning. Another six people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,143.

Out of the total number of new infection cases, 195 were identified in the Silesia mining region of southern Poland, which so far has shown the highest number of coronavirus infections as coal companies continue to receive the results of large-scale coronavirus tests conducted on mine workers.

The Silesian Zofiowka coal mine saw 190 new coronavirus cases.

Earlier in the day, the ministry reported that 2,128 people suspected of coronavirus infection have been hospitalised, 81,820 are under quarantine, 19,994 are under sanitary-epidemiological supervision. So far, 12,641 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 being introduced gradually throughout May and June.