Polish state-owned companies to build temporary hospitals

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has obliged large state-owned companies to build more temporary hospitals, Michal Dworczyk, head of the PM's Office, said on Friday.

The new hospitals are to be built in a number of cities across the country and have a total of some 3,000 beds.

Dworczyk told Polish Radio One that the "the situation is very serious." He did not rule out the introduction of additional measures in the face of a growing number of coronavirus infections as the health service is "already at the extremes of endurance."

The first temporary hospital was opened at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Thursday. Currently it has 300 beds, when fully completed it will offer 1,200 beds.