Poland Turning National Stadium Into COVID-19 Field Hospital
FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, a view of the National Stadium in Warsaw. Polands government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of patients infecting with the coronavirus. A government spokesman said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 that the stadium will have room for 500 patients and will be equipped with oxygen therapy for those who need it. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
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 need it.
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 TVs 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 Ukraine.
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.
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