President of Poland tests positive for COVID-19 Read more Skip

Cheryl Sanders
October 26, 2020

He is feeling "fine", according to presidential minister Blazej Spychalski, who announced the news.

"I feel good right now".

By testing positive, President Duda joins President Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, in the ranks of governmental leaders who have caught the virus.

"The president yesterday was tested for the presence of coronavirus", Spychalski said on Twitter on Saturday.

Among the president's duties are; directing foreign policy and signing new laws.

Duda said that he had not known he had the virus before his positive test.

French Open victor Iga Swiatek said on Saturday she feels good, but will quarantine, after she met Polish President Andrzej Duda who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus. We carry out tests regularly.

Backed by Poland's governing nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, Duda won a second consecutive term in office in July on the back of a campaign that included promises of continued generous social spending and attacks on Poland's LGBT community.

Starting on Saturday, additional restrictions have been put in place to control the epidemic, following a serious spike in infections that put the number of confirmed cases above 10,000 per day.

While it was unclear when Duda was infected, he attended an investment forum in Tallinn on Monday where he met Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.

The Polish player said on Twitter that she has no symptoms but that she'll quarantine due to protocols. 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.

The government is preparing to open field hospitals, but it is not sure where it will find the doctors and nurses to staff them.

From Saturday, more restrictions to curb the spread of the virus came into force, including a two-week shutdown of restaurants and bars.

The government sent text messages on Saturday morning to Poles, urging them to stay home and help elderly people.

Gatherings of more than five people were banned from Friday.

Currently, the country accounts for more than 242,000 confirmed cases with 4,351 deaths.

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