Polish medic awarded in Italy for fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Polish medical biologist Maciej Tarkowski from Milan was awarded the Knight's Cross by Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday for his services in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the ceremony at the presidential palace, Tarkowski told PAP that those who had been distinguished represent all people engaged in combating the pandemic. "My thoughts were with those in Poland who were struggling to fight coronavirus," he added.

Distinctions were awarded to doctors and medical personnel, researchers and other citizens for their valuable service during the epidemic crisis in Italy.

The medical biologist from Poland belongs to a team of researchers from the Sacco hospital in Milan and the local university, which isolated the Italian strain of coronavirus from patients from the town of Codogno in the Lodi province in Lombardy, where the first case of infection in Italy was confirmed on February 20.