- "I didn't have and I don't have any symptoms, especially the serious ones like lack of taste or lack of smell, but the result of the test is absolutely clear," Mr Duda said in a video message posted on Twitter.
- "I feel good right now. I will spend the upcoming days in self-isolation along with my wife and I will be working remotely; it's not a problem at all." The president added.
- Duda joins a handful of world leaders who have been ill with Covid-19, among them US President Donald Trump, UK PM Boris Johnson and Brasil's Jair Bolsonaro.
The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda has today tested positive for coronavirus. Coincidentally, it is the very day when a lockdown was effected in the country and also the day with one of the highest peaks in the number of daily infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
Today, Poland also recorded a high number i.e 13,628 new infections as well as 179 deaths.
“I didn’t have and I don’t have any symptoms, especially the serious ones like lack of taste or lack of smell, but the result of the test is absolutely clear,” Mr Duda said in a video message posted on Twitter.
“I feel good right now. I will spend the upcoming days in self-isolation along with my wife and I will be working remotely; it’s not a problem at all.” The president added.
The news of Duda having tested positive for coronavirus was broken by the spokesman for the Polish president, Blazej Spychalski, who specified that the 48-year-old is fine, but without giving details on the changes that the president’s health will bring to the functioning of the nation’s government.
Among the president’s duties are; directing foreign policy and signing new laws. During a radio interview, Deputy Minister of Health, Waldemar Kraska, said he believes the president will overcome the infection smoothly, being a young man, and has ensured that all his contacts in recent days will be quarantined.
At the moment, it is not clear where the Polish president could have contracted the virus, among the possibilities being considered are during an investment forum organized in Tallinn, Estonia, on October 19.
Duda participated and met among others, the Bulgarian president, Rumen Radev, who is currently in quarantine for having had direct contact with coronavirus positive people.
Having tested positive for coronavirus. Duda joins a handful of world leaders who have been ill with Covid-19, among them US President Donald Trump, UK PM Boris Johnson and Brasil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
Poland is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases, since the beginning of the pandemic. out of a total of 38 million people, there have been over 228,000 infections and the total number of victims has reached the figure of 4,172.
Effective From today, 24 October, a lockdown for “red zones” has been put into force which will include, among other measures, the closure of primary schools, gyms, swimming pools and restaurants for two weeks.
In addition to this, gatherings of more than 5 people will not be allowed, weddings will be prohibited and access to shops, public transport and religious services will be restricted.
The government is also working to build temporary medical facilities and to transform the Warsaw stadium into a field hospital.
The opposition accused the incumbent Conservative executive, led by the Law and Justice party, of not having prepared in time for a second wave of coronavirus.
On 24 October , demonstrations were also recorded against the restrictions to limit the pandemic that added to those already underway in the country in defense of women’s rights.