Poland plans to open temporary hospital at national stadium
WARSAW (POLAND) – Poland plans to open a temporary hospital at the national stadium in Warsaw, with a spike in coronavirus cases and a health system overload, the government said on Monday.
Poland has recorded new records, when it comes to daily cases and deaths in the past weeks. Doctors have reported shortages of personnel, hospital beds and equipment.
Michal Dworczyk, the prime minister’s chief of staff, who is responsible for the project, told radio Zet, “On Saturday, the prime minister ordered the preparation of the first temporary hospital, which will be located at the national stadium.”
The hospital, set up in the stadium’s conference rooms, will provide beds for 500 COVID-19 patients, with a handy option to expand to 1,000 beds. The first beds might be available this week.
Dworczyk said other regions were also planning to open temporary hospitals.
He said the government had no plans to close cemeteries and prevent people from commuting around the country on and around November 1, when umpteen number of Poles visit family graves for All Saints’ Day.
The government says it is trying to avoid a total lockdown, but experts say this may be unavoidable if the situation goes critical.