President Andrzej Duda of Poland Assessments Constructive for Coronavirus
BRUSSELS — President Andrzej Duda of Poland has examined optimistic for Covid-19 and can go into quarantine, his spokesman stated on Saturday, including to the record of worldwide leaders who’ve been contaminated as coronavirus circumstances rise unabated in a number of world sizzling spots.
“The president is feeling properly,” the spokesman, Blazej Spychalski, stated of Mr. Duda. The pinnacle of the presidential workplace stated that it could “most likely compile a listing of the president’s contacts,” including that this was “a brand new scenario.”
The nation’s de facto chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, additionally went into self-isolation this week, after studying that he had been involved with somebody contaminated with the virus. A authorities spokesman stated that Mr. Kaczynski, the 71-year-old chief of the governing Law and Justice Party, “feels properly and can proceed performing his duties from house.”
Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria are experiencing among the many most severe outbreaks in Europe. This second wave of an infection has led Poland’s authorities to impose new restrictions on public life beginning on Saturday and to transform the nation’s nationwide stadium in Warsaw into a short lived subject hospital with room for 500 coronavirus sufferers.
Mr. Duda visited the stadium on Friday and met with website managers, an encounter that has now raised considerations that the development must be halted. He additionally met Iga Swiatek, who this month turned the primary Polish feminine tennis participant to win the French Open.
Though Mr. Duda wore a masks and gloves throughout his stadium go to, Mr. Kaczynski didn’t put on a masks whereas handing out an award at a ceremony final week, and briefly eliminated his masks whereas being sworn in as deputy prime minister on Oct. 6.
Different world leaders who’ve contracted the virus have taken informal approaches to masks or resisted them. President Trump, who all through the pandemic has largely shunned the usage of face masks and social distancing practices, removed his mask during a public appearance this month regardless of having fallen sick with the virus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, who in March boasted of shaking hands with “everyone” whereas visiting a hospital that was treating coronavirus sufferers, adopted a more somber approach after being hospitalized with the virus himself. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil continued to question the merits of lockdown measures even after contracting a light case of the virus.
In Poland, which largely averted the primary wave of the pandemic by imposing an early lockdown in March, almost a 3rd of its roughly 215,000 complete circumstances have emerged up to now week. The nation, which Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki designated as a “purple zone” at a information convention on Friday, has additionally had greater than 4,000 recorded deaths from the virus.
There are considerations about how Poland’s underfunded well being care system will address the growing number of virus patients. Along with plans to show the nationwide stadium right into a subject hospital, the federal government stated that non permanent virus hospitals could be additionally in-built main cities.
On the information convention, Mr. Morawiecki additionally introduced new restrictions that got here into impact on Saturday.
The federal government ordered all cafes, bars and eating places to shut, apart from take out, and gymnasiums and swimming swimming pools have been additionally shut. Residents should use face coverings outdoors their properties, and distant instructing will develop into a norm for older youngsters in main colleges, in addition to in excessive colleges and at universities.
Younger individuals as much as 16 years outdated aren’t allowed outdoors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with out grownup supervision underneath the brand new measures, and socializing in teams of greater than 5 is forbidden. The federal government additionally requested that folks over 70 keep house.
“We’re far-off from the consolation zone,” Adam Niedzielski, the well being minister, stated throughout the information convention.
Monika Pronczuk reported from Brussels, and Tess Felder from London. Anatol Magdziarz contributed reporting from Warsaw.