Polish President Andrzej Duda posted a video message on Twitter on Saturday (October 24), after officials announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Duda said he feels good and will spend the next days self-isolating with his wife and working remotely. He also apologised to those who have to go into quarantine after meeting with him.
The president received a positive result from a test he took on Friday, presidential minister Blazej Spychalski said on Twitter, adding, “The president is fine. We are in constant contact with the relevant medical services.”
One of the people Duda met in recent days was tennis star Iga Swiatek – who said soon after the announcement about the president being infected that she feels good, but will quarantine.
Duda, 48, holds a mainly ceremonial role, but has the power to veto legislation. He is an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party.
Poland is seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, with new infections hitting a daily record of 13,632 on Friday. The country recorded 13,628 new cases on Saturday.
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