Poland reports first death from COVID-19, to raise epidemic alert level

Poland reports first death from COVID-19, to raise epidemic alert level

A medical official stands outside a tent for patients infected by the coronavirus in Czestochowa
A medical official wearing protective gear stands outside an emergency tent, which was installed for patients infected by the suspected coronavirus infection (COVID-19) near a hospital in Czestochowa, Poland, Mar 11, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Grzegorz Skowronek/Agencja Gazeta) 

WARSAW: Poland has reported its first death from coronavirus, local authorities in the city of Poznan said on Thursday (Mar 12), as reported by private broadcaster TVN24.

The 57-year-old female teacher, who had recently been hospitalised in critical condition with pneumonia, was put into an artificial coma and on a ventilator but "unfortunately she died not long ago," Poznan deputy mayor Jedrzej Solarski told reporters.

Poland currently has 46 other confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the health ministry.

The woman's husband and daughter are among those hospitalised with coronavirus but their conditions are not critical. Other family members, including the woman's two sons, have not been infected.

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"What we feared over the last few days has come about. We have our first death from the coronavirus," Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters.

"I offer my condolences to her close ones."


Poland plans to announce a state of epidemic threat, health minister Lukasz Szumowski said on Thursday.

"Yesterday, the WHO announced a pandemic. Today we will release a decision by the Health Minister regarding the introduction of a state of epidemic threat," Szumowski told a press conference.

This will allow the government to close chosen places of work or institutions and direct medical workers to places of need, he added.

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Source: Reuters/AFP/lk