WORLD Polish PM in quarantine after contact with COVID-19


Polish PM in quarantine after contact with COVID-19

By Reuters | Reuters

19:22, October 13, 2020

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrives on the second day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium on October 2, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)

Polish Prime Minister MateuszMorawiecki has gone into quarantine after he had contact with aperson who has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Tuesday.

"I found out that on Friday I had contact with a person whotested positive for COVID-19. As a result of that and inaccordance with sanitary procedures I am going into quarantine,"Morawiecki said in a video posted on social media.

"I am in constant contact with my colleagues and thegovernment is working normally."

It is unclear if Morawiecki will participate in the EuropeanUnion summit on Thursday and Friday.

"The decision will be taken by the sanitary inspectorate anddoctors following tests," a spokesman told Reuters. He addedthat to his knowledge Morawiecki has not been tested since hehad the contact on Friday.

The EU summit is the self-imposed UK deadline for a Brexittrade deal.

Poland reported 5,068 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, onlythe second time the figure has passed 5,000 in a 24-hour periodsince the pandemic began.

The European Union member state announced new restrictionson Saturday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus afterreporting record infections for a fifth successive day.

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