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By Marcin Goclowski

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish President Andrzej Duda has examined optimistic for coronavirus and is topic to quarantine however is feeling good, officers introduced on Saturday, because the nation imposed contemporary restrictions to attempt to stem a surge within the illness.

“The president yesterday was examined for the presence of coronavirus. The end result turned out to be optimistic. The president is okay. We’re in fixed contact with the related medical companies,” presidential minister Blazej Spychalski stated on Twitter.

One of many folks Duda met in latest days was tennis star Iga Swiatek – who stated quickly after the announcement that the president has been contaminated that she feels good, however will quarantine.

“Neither I nor members of my group have signs of coronavirus. We feature out assessments commonly. We are going to quarantine ourselves in accordance with present procedures,” the 19-year-old stated in a Twitter publish.

Contemporary from successful the French Open earlier this month and gaining nationwide hero standing for doing so, Swiatek met with Duda on Friday, when she was awarded the Gold Cross of Benefit for her achievements in sports activities and promotion of the nation internationally.

Duda, 48, holds a primarily ceremonial position, however has the ability to veto laws. He’s an ally of the ruling nationalist Regulation and Justice (PiS) celebration.

“The president is a younger man, I feel that he’ll cross the an infection with out issues,” Deputy Well being Minister Waldemar Kraska informed personal radio RMF.

He added that he expects that each one individuals who had contact with Duda in latest days will likely be quarantined. This could embrace Swiatek, he stated.

Poland is seeing a pointy rise in COVID-19 circumstances, with new infections hitting a each day document of 13,632 on Friday. The nation recorded 13,628 new circumstances on Saturday.


Extra restrictions to curb the unfold of the virus got here into pressure on Saturday, together with a two-week shutdown of eating places and bars. Faculties will stay open, however solely kids as much as third grade will attend, with older college students transferring to distance studying.

The federal government despatched textual content messages on Saturday morning to Poles, urging them to remain dwelling and assist aged folks.

The federal government has additionally banned public gatherings of greater than 5 folks.

Regardless of this, 1000’s poured onto streets on Friday evening to protest over a ruling on Thursday by the Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion within the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

The Well being Ministry reported 153 coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking the entire toll to 4,172. Poland has reported a complete of 228,318 circumstances.

The healthcare system has begun to buckle underneath the load of mounting infections, forcing the federal government to arrange discipline hospitals.

The ruling nationalists have confronted criticism in latest days from the opposition that the nation isn’t ready sufficient for the second coronavirus wave. Latest opinion polls have proven a drop in assist for each PiS and Duda.

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