Coronavirus cases count rises to 238

The Health Ministry announced on Tuesday evening another 17 cases of coronavirus in Poland, raising the total count to 238. Five individuals have died due to the disease so far.

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Hospitalised in Wałbrzych, south-west Poland, a 57-year-old man is the most recent fatality of the coronavirus in Poland. The ministry reported him having suffered from other medical conditions.

Among the recently revealed cases there is a person from Podlaskie province - to date, the only province that had remained unaffected by the COVID-19.

In an attempt to minimise the spread of COVID-19, the Polish government has ordered a 10-day border lockdown, which is effective as of midnight Saturday. Foreigners are not allowed to cross the Polish frontier until further notice, with the exception of those who work in Poland. They will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

A 14-day-long state of epidemic threat has been in force from Saturday and includes controls on the country’s borders, as well as numerous restrictions imposed on services such as pubs and shopping malls.

Schools, at all levels of education, as well as museums, cinemas and theatres, have been closed since Thursday. Supermarkets, pharmacies and laundries, however, are exceptions and remain open.

Mass gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people.

Wherever feasible, employers are encouraged to approve working from home and Poles are asked to stay in as much as possible.