Former Polish president Lech Walesa in hospital with Covid-19

5 December 2023, 18:54

Royal visit to Poland – Day Two
Royal visit to Poland – Day Two. Picture: PA

It is Mr Walesa’s second bout of Covid.

Lech Walesa, Poland’s 80-year-old former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been taken to hospital with a severe case of Covid-19, an aide said on Tuesday.

A post on Mr Walesa’s Facebook page shows him on a hospital bed with an oxygen mask on, with a caption that says “I have been hit by Covid”.

(Lech Walesa/Facebook)

The aide, Marek Kaczmar, told Polish media that Mr Walesa is seriously ill, but under good care in a hospital in Gdansk, the Baltic port city where he lives.

It is Mr Walesa’s second bout of Covid.

Starting in 1980, Mr Walesa spearheaded Poland’s pro-democracy Solidarity movement that nine years later led to the peaceful ouster of communism from Poland and inspired other countries to shed Moscow’s domination.

In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1990-95, he served as democratic Poland’s first popularly elected president.

By Press Association

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