Number of coronavisus cases in Poland rises to 452, five dead

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Thirteen new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland, bringing the total number of infections to 452, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday afternoon. To date, five people have died from the disease.

The ministry said that the figures did not include the death of a 27-year-old woman who was infected with the virus but died from other causes on Friday.

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