COVID-19: PM appeals to protesters not to endanger health of elderly

During Thursday’s press conference at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, which has been converted to a field hospital, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said that he asked provincial heads to increase the number of beds for the treatment of COVID-19. He also appealed to those taking part in protests against the Constitutional Court’s ruling on abortion not to put at risk the health of others amid the spike in coronavirus infections.

The PM appealed to those protesting against the ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal (TK) on the “eugenic abortion”, saying: “let your wrath focus on me, on politicians, and not on those, who may be threatened by [COVID-19] infection, i. e. elders.”

Mr Morawiecki said that the best way to stop coronavirus is with appropriate social behaviours. He also pointed out that France has already introduced an economic lockdown. “We want to refrain from such measures. We do not want to lock the economy down entirely as long as remains possible,” Mr Morawiecki said.

“We are opening 300 beds as we speak,” the head of the PM’s Office Michał Dworczyk said, adding that the number of beds at the provisional hospital at the PGE Stadium is to reach 1,200. “One hundred out of these 1,200 beds are to be Intensive Care ones,” Mr Dworczyk said, adding that “all of the [1,200] beds will be connected to oxygen supplies.”

“We are preparing the Polish state for a dire scenario,” the PM added.

Mateusz Morawiecki also said that the matter of whether cemeteries would be open on All Saints’ Day on November 1 was up for discussion on Friday.

Thursday saw the largest spike in COVID-19 cases in Poland, namely 20,156 new confirmed COVID-19 infections. The total number of cases recorded in the country rose to 319,205 including 184,789 still active.