Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland rises to 1,051

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland increased on Wednesday to 1,051, the Ministry of Health said on late Wednesday evening.

To date, 14 people have died in Poland from the disease.

According to the ministry, 1,615 people have been hospitalised while 48,632 have been quarantined. Also 138,680 have been quarantined after returning to Poland from abroad. A further 56,930 people are under medical supervision.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Poland was reported on March 4, with the patient already discharged from hospital 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.

On Friday, Poland introduced a state of epidemic. On Tuesday, the government introduced far reaching restrictions on the movement of people.