Poland activates temporary hospitals in nine provinces amid third wave

The health minister told a press conference in Gdańsk, northern Poland, that Wednesday's infection data show that Poland is in a very difficult situation. Marcin Gadomski/PAP

The Polish government has decided to activate temporary hospitals in nine Polish provinces due to the third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the health minister announced on Wednesday.

"The third wave is gathering momentum, we have a permanent growth trend and the dynamic is absolutely not weakening,” the health minister, Adam Niedzielski, said. “We have an increase of over one third, week on week, and furthermore it's all started to impact hospital infrastructure."

"Today, at the government crisis management team meeting, under the leadership of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a decision has been taken to activate temporary hospitals in nine provinces, including, among other places, in (the northern - PAP) Pomorskie province," he said.

"In the course of the last week the occupancy of Covid beds has increased by over 2,000 hospitalisations, so we have 2,000 more beds occupied than a week ago," Niedzielski added.

The minister told a press conference in Gdańsk, northern Poland, that Wednesday's infection data show that Poland is in a very difficult situation. In the last 24 hours, 15,700 new infections have been recorded, 3,500 more than a week earlier.

He also announced that face masks will be made available to citizens in the most affected regions, with 10 million masks earmarked for the Pomorskie province and a further 5 million for the northeastern Warmińsko-Mazurskie province.

"These masks will be delivered by the Strategic Reserves Agency to the province governors, who will be responsible for internal distribution within the province," Niedzielski added.