The entire Polish government self-quarantined after a minister was tested positive for a new strain of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) causing COVID-19.

The ministers attending the meeting on October 10 have been tested for the COVID-19 and the results will be announced on March 17, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Michal Dworczyk said at a press conference on March 17, according to AFP.

“All cabinet members are currently in quarantine,” said Dworczyk.

Mr Dworczyk said nine of 24 ministers were absent from the meeting, including Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski. Despite being absent from this meeting, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki implemented self-quarantine.

Earlier, Polish Environment Minister Michal Wos on March 16 said he was in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, stressing he was fine.

“All cabinet members are working remotely,” Mr. Dworczyk added.

Since the outbreak in China last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to more than 140 countries and territories around the world, infecting more than 183,300 people and killing more than 7,100 people.

Poland has recorded more than 200 infections and 5 deaths.

In a similar case, Romania’s interim Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday that he and the entire cabinet would quarantine themselves after contacting a COVID-19-infected senator.


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