Hospital at Warsaw's National Stadium ready next week - president

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Construction work on a COVID-19 hospital at Warsaw's National Stadium is very advanced, President Andrzej Duda said on Friday after visiting the site.

Duda said the hospital will be ready for admissions next week and was planned as a safeguard in case the spreading epidemic causes bed shortages in regular hospitals. 

He also thanked Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski for his cooperation with the government on the project, and said that similar hospitals were being erected in every Polish province.

Duda also appealed to Poles to adhere to epidemic restrictions, especially with regard to wearing face masks in public. He also advocated the use of protective gloves and observance of safety measures during graveside visits on All Saints' Day (Nov. 1)

The National Stadium hospital will initially have 500 beds, including 50 for intensive therapy patients. If necessary, its capacity will be extended to a thousand beds. The hospital is officially a branch of the Interior Ministry's hospital in Warsaw.