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Poland’s Morawiecki in quarantine after contact with coronavirus

Poland‘s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will go into mandatory quarantine after having contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus, Morawiecki said in a video message published on social media on Tuesday.

The premier had contact with the infected person on Friday.

The government continues to operate normally and the upcoming government sitting will be conducted via videoconference, a common practice in recent months, Morawiecki said.

In the message, the head of the Polish government appealed to citizens to observe the principles of combating Covid-19: disinfecting hands, social distancing and wearing masks.

The Prime Minister has not been diagnosed with Covid-19, nor does he exhibit symptoms of illness, the government’s press spokesperson Piotr Mueller wrote in a statement on the government’s website.

“The prime minister has not been diagnosed with Covid-19 to date. Neither does he have symptoms of disease,” Mueller wrote.

Further decisions on the procedure linked to Morawiecki’s quarantine will be taken by his physician and the state sanitary inspectorate, Mueller wrote.

As a rule, mandatory quarantine in Poland lasts 10 days for those who do not display symptoms of Covid-19.

Poland has recorded a sharp increase in the number of positive coronavirus tests in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, over 5,000 new cases were reported, bringing the total up to over 135,000. Over 3,100 people have died due to Covid-19 in the country since the pandemic began.

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