Poland Turning Stadium into Hospital 10/19 06:16
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's government is transforming the National
Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people
infected with the coronavirus.
Government spokesman Piotr Mller said Monday that the stadium will have
room for 500 patients and will be equipped with oxygen therapy for those who
"We can see that the number of cases is growing so fast that we need to
secure places for hospitalization for those who need it," Mller said, speaking
on TVP Info, the state TV's all-news channel.
However, it was unclear how the government would manage to staff the
hospital given widespread reports of shortages of doctors and other medical
officials across the country.
The stadium, with a seating capacity of over 58,500, was constructed to host
matches for the Euro 2012 football championship, which Poland co-hosted with
Poland experienced very low rates of infection in the spring compared with
western European countries but is now witnessing an exponential surge of
On Monday the Health Ministry recorded 7,482 new coronavirus infections over
the previous day and 41 deaths. Since the start of the pandemic the nation of
38 million has recorded 183,248 cases and 3,614 deaths. However, the true rate
of infection is likely higher.
In the past day, 36,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out, meaning that
nearly 21 percent of all tests came back positive.