Over 192,000 samples tested for coronavirus in Poland

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A total of 192,960 samples have so far been tested for coronavirus in Polish laboratories, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Poland has increased to 8,563, the Polish Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

In the last 24 hours, over 13,300 samples have been tested.

Three hundred and thirty-nine people have died from the infection, the ministry said.

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.

On March 20, the Polish government introduced a state of epidemic.