Poland to turn national stadium in Warsaw into field hospital to face Covid-19 spike

Poland’s government announced on Monday it would open a temporary hospital at the national stadium in Warsaw as the country faces a spike in coronavirus cases.

“On Saturday, the prime minister ordered the preparation of the first temporary hospital, which will be located at the national stadium,” Michal Dworczyk, the prime minister’s chief of staff, who is responsible for the project, told radio Zet. He said other regions were also working on opening temporary hospitals.

The field hospital in Warsaw, set up in the stadium’s conference rooms, will have beds for 500 COVID-19 patients, with the option to expand to 1,000 beds. The first beds will likely be available this week, Reuters reported. Earlier this week the government urged citizens to stay at home and ordered gyms and pools to close, restaurants to limit opening hours, and a shift to remote teaching in universities and secondary schools.

The government says it is trying to avoid a total lockdown, but experts say this may be inevitable if the situation becomes critical.

Poland has recorded new records in daily cases and deaths in the past weeks, with doctors reporting shortages of personnel, hospital beds and equipment.

 

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