Polish army to provide over 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients – minister

"The entire military health service is committed to fighting the coronavirus," Błaszczak tweeted. Paweł Supernak/PAP

The Polish military would provide more than 1,000 beds for patients suffering from the coronavirus, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Twitter on Thursday after receiving reports from commanders in charge of military hospitals.

"The entire military health service is committed to fighting the coronavirus," Błaszczak tweeted.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, while presenting the government's actions in the fight against the pandemic to the Sejm (lower house of parliament), said that additional hospital beds for the needs of COVID-19 patients were to come from, among other resources, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Health and district hospitals. "This will lead to around 30,000 beds intended only for COVID-19 patients. Today approx. 10,000 are being used," said Morawiecki.

In addition, temporary hospitals are being established, for example, at the National Stadium in Warsaw. According to announcements from government representatives, patients who require hospitalisation, but are not in serious condition, are to be referred to stationary hospitals which are better prepared to handle this situation.