COVID-19: German President wishes Andrzej Duda quick recovery

"From my own quarantine, I sincerely wish you a quick and full recovery," wrote German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a letter to the Polish President Andrzej Duda, who was confirmed to be infected with coronavirus a few days ago.

The coronavirus pandemic puts "our healthcare system, our economy, our community and each of us individually to the test," Steinmeier noted in a handwritten letter quoted by the German Press Agency (DPA).

He assured President Duda that he and all of Germany were closely following the dramatic development of the coronavirus pandemic which didn’t spare Poland.

"Where national medical opportunities reach their limits, we should do everything to help each other," President Steinmeier wrote to the Polish President. "Let me know if there are things we can do for Poland in the current situation”, he added.

The Polish President's spokesman, Błażej Spychalski, announced on Saturday that President Duda had been tested for coronavirus and the result was positive. The same day in the afternoon, the president tweeted a short video in which he said: "I am fine and I will spend the next few days in self-isolation, I will work remotely, there is no problem with it, I am in full strength, I hope it will stay that way".

The president of Germany is in quarantine in connection with the detection of the coronavirus in one of his security officers.

Former Polish prime minister in self-isolation

Sources in Brussels say that the former Polish prime minister, currently the head of the European People's Party, Donald Tusk, is also in self-isolation. The reason is that he has symptoms that indicate a coronavirus infection.

"He is waiting for the test result" - wrote the Polish Press Agency (PAP), quoting an associate of the former head of the Polish government.

The Politico website, which was the first to write about the case, states that Mr Tusk has been in self-isolation since Wednesday.