Poland has time for action - minister on coronavirus

Szumowski stressed the need for more medical personnel with experience in treating respiratory ailments. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland is at the end of the coronavirus infection chain, which gives it time to observe the situation in other countries and respond accordingly, Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski said on Tuesday.

Asked about access to respirators in Polish hospitals in light of troubles in this respect in Italy, Szumowski said Poland had over 10,000 respirators in use on a regular basis. He added that a Monday meeting of medical consultants reviewed the situation in hospitals countrywide and discussed ways to extend the number of beds and access to respirators.

He also stressed the need for more medical personnel with experience in treating respiratory ailments.

Szumowski said Poland stood close to the end of the coronavirus infection chain, and therefore had time to monitor developments in other countries before undertaking its own measures. He added that Poland was also prepared for the further expansion of the epidemic.

On Tuesday, the Polish Health Ministry reported that there were 20 confirmed coronavoirus cases in Poland.