“This was unethical, violated the bans currently in force and exposed others to danger, which is a criminal offense” that carries a prison term of up to three years, Szlapka said.
Czarnek has said he had no COVID-19 symptoms at the time and was allowed in because his grandmother was in a very serious condition. The hospital director, who is among those now in quarantine, confirmed that.
Hours before the reshuffled government was to be sworn in by President Andrzej Duda on Monday, Czarnek reported that he was infected, causing the ceremony to be postponed for a day. Czarnek has not yet been sworn in.
Poland is currently seeing a steep spike in cases, with more than 4,000 a day being recorded, leading the government to declare the whole country a yellow zone where face masks and social distancing are required even in the open air, effective Saturday.