Only one coronavirus case confirmed so far in Poland - PM's office

Poland has not confirmed any other case of coronavirus so far, only one patient has been diagnosed with the illness, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, Michal Dworczyk, told the private RMF FM radio station on Thursday.

"Four other people are being kept under quarantine. Two of them belong to the family of the man who is infected, plus two people who voluntarily reported their case to the health inspection stating that they had had contact with the man after his return to the country," Dworczyk added.

The Health Ministry said on Thursday that tests for the presence of the new coronavirus are now being carried out in nine laboratories in Poland.

Later in the day, another three samples are to be tested in epidemiological stations in Lublin, eastern Poland, Lodz, central Poland, and Poznan, western Poland.

Next week, samples will be available for testing in another Warsaw laboratory.

On Wednesday morning, Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski announced Poland had reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

The infected patient comes from the Lubuskie province in western Poland. He is in hospital in Zielona Gora.

The new virus, first detected in China, has infected more than 95,000 people globally and caused over 3,200 deaths. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19.