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Polish environment minister tests positive for COVID-19

Michal Wos says he is quarantined; health is fine

Askin Kiyagan, Mehmet Yilmaz   | 17.03.2020
Polish environment minister tests positive for COVID-19 A police officer in protective suits cooperation with firefighters begin with medical checks and temperature measurements of drivers and passengers coming from abroad at the Gorzyczki border crossing North-East from Bohumin between Poland and the Czech Republic, in Gorzyczki, Poland on March 10, 2020 ( Lukas Kabon - Anadolu Agency )


Poland's Environment Minister Michal Wos tested positive for the novel coronavirus late Monday. 

Wos has been quarantined and his health condition is fine, he told the state news agency.

In Poland, the number of cases of the virus known as COVID-19 stands at 159, while four patients died from the deadly outbreak, according to the country's health ministry.

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to at least 146 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Out of 173,000 confirmed cases, the death toll now exceeds 6,600, while more than 77,500 patients have recovered, according to Worldometer, a website that compiles new case numbers.

The current number of active cases is more than 88,500 -- 93% mild and 7% are in critical condition.

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