Poland to launch six new coronavirus labs - PM

Poland will launch six new laboratories that will run tests for coronavirus, in addition to the two already operational, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.

Earlier on Monday, the prime minister held consultations with all province governors and province sanitary inspectors in order to align policies aimed to limit the spread of the virus in Poland.

Morawiecki said the six additional labs were being launched just in case, as there was no immediate need for them.

"However, we want to be prepared (...) should the virus appear in Poland and affect a greater number of people," Morawiecki said.

The prime minister also said the government had prepared mobile text messages with coronavirus instructions for all Poles coming back to the country from abroad.

The Chinese coronavirus epidemic has spread to 25 countries across the globe. It has also been detected in several locations in Europe.