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Poland registers a new coronavirus outbreak in a coal mine in the south of the country

June 8, 2020

The Polish authorities reported on Monday that a single coal mine in the Upper Silesia region in the south of the country was the scene of the largest increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health, 1,151 new cases were discovered nationwide over the weekend. Of this number, two thirds of those infected are miners and relatives of the Zofiowka mine.

Upper Silesia, Poland’s industrial heartland, has a dozen active mines in which workers are crowded in small spaces and very humid environments.

Poland registers a new coronavirus outbreak in a coal mine in the south of the countryPoland registers a new coronavirus outbreak in a coal mine in the south of the country

Since the pandemic started, more than 4,000 people in the region have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the cases identified on the last day, 57 percent focus on the area.