With killer virus engulfing Europe, new report shows Poland has highest number of hospital beds for elderly
A new study has found that Poland has the highest proportion of hospital beds for elderly people in Europe.
The large number of beds for people aged 70+ could help the country in its battle with Covid-19.
The illness, which at the time of writing has so far claimed 14 lives in Poland, has far higher fatality rates in older age groups.
According to a new report by NimbleFins, a UK-based market research company, Poland has 60.52 beds for every 1,000 people aged over 70, the highest number in Europe and almost three times the number in the countries with the lowest number of beds.
Italy, the country in Europe worst affected by the coronavirus, has only 19.1 beds, the United Kingdom 19.5 and Spain 21.1.
Looking at data from Eurostat, the OECD and Worldometer on Covid-19 fatalities, populations and hospital beds, NimbleFins found that Poland has 251,406 beds for a population of 4,154,388 people aged 70 and over.
The data in the report shows that 14.8 percent of all Covid-19 fatalities were in the 80+ age group, and 8 percent in the 70-79 age group, while for those under 40 the death rate is just 0.4, which means somebody over 80 is 74 times more likely to succumb to the disease than somebody under 40.
The company’s research also revealed that Poland has 6.62 hospital beds per 1,000 residents of all ages, putting it in fifth place on a league headed by Germany, which has 8.00 beds.