COVID-19: Hospitals to get 32,000 beds says PM

“Polish hospitals should have 31-32,000 beds available for COVID-19 patients by the end of next week”, the prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said on Thursday.

He emphasised that the healthcare system is being adapted to cope with the rising infection rate. He also reminded that while there were about 10,000 COVID-19 beds available at the beginning of October, at this moment there are 23,000.

"There are 14,000 occupied beds. This means that there are more and more patients lying on beds in hospitals all over Poland," the head of government added.

Morawiecki went on to say that he had already instructed provincial governors and the directors of provincial National Health Fund headquarters to adjust the number of hospital beds to a large increase in the number of new infections..

On Wednesday, another record in the daily increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus in Poland was broken with 20,156 new cases. The ministry also announced 301 new deaths.