Pharmacies, online med service will aid coronavirus suspects

Duda, on Wednesday inspecting a specialist clinic in Końskie, southeastern Poland, told reporters that the hospital was well prepared to handle coronavirus cases. Piotr Polak/PAP

Pharmacies countrywide will launch special procedures to aid persons suspecting infection with the coronavirus, also available for such persons will be the online PZU Zdrowie service, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday.

Duda, on Wednesday inspecting a specialist clinic in Końskie, southeastern Poland, told reporters that the hospital was well prepared to handle coronavirus cases.

"There are over 30 beds in a special ward, which can be used at any time to tend to patients," the president said. Commenting on Poland's first coronavirus case in Zielona Góra, southwestern Poland, Duda said that all related medical procedures had been carried out in an "exemplary" way.

Duda said pharmacies Polandwide were introducing special procedures to aid persons suspecting infection with the coronavirus disease. He added that the PZU national insurer's PZU Zdrowie service will offer medical consultations online.

On Wednesday morning the health minister informed about Poland's first confirmed coronavirus case. The patient, who recently returned to Poland from Germany, is currently hospitalised in Zielona Góra and is reported to be in good condition.