Polish hospitals to get up to 32,000 COVID-19 beds next week

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

PM Mateusz Morawiecki said that the health care system is being adapted to cope with the rising infection rate. He said that while there were about 10,000 COVID-19 beds available at the beginning of October, that number now stood at 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 deal with the increase in infections.