Third virus wave already hitting Poland's hospitals - press

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The number of Covid-19 patients admitted to temporary hospitals in Poland is on the rise, with more than a half of the beds already occupied, a daily newspaper reported on Tuesday, as the third wave of the respiratory disease hit the country.

The highest occupancy ratio, both in regular and interim hospitals, is in Podkarpackie province, south-eastern Poland, where almost 70 percent of beds are in use, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) wrote. The best situation is in the north-western Zachodniopomorskie province with an occupancy ratio of about 45 percent.

The paper reported that more and more people are arriving at temporary hospitals.

"At the end of December, 294 beds were occupied, while 49 patients were on ventilators," the daily wrote. "Now there are 738 patients. On average, over 50 percent of beds are occupied in temporary hospitals."

According to government data, around 1.1 million people in the 38 million country have been fully vaccinated with two doses. Since the vaccination programme started in Poland in late December, a total of 4,836 million vaccine doses have been used.