On Thursday, the number of new coronavirus cases in Poland broke the threshold of 20,000. The epidemiologist and government adviser Andrzej Horban immediately rang the alarm bell: At this pace, the country’s health system would soon reach its limit, he warned.
“If the rise of new infections remains at the current level, there will be no way out anymore and we will have to introduce a lockdown,” Horban said. “Our system is capable of accommodating up to 30,000 COVID-19 patients, who will then receive the best possible medical treatment,” he added. More than that would “ruin” Poland’s health system, he said.
The government has promised to provide a total of 35,000 ICU beds for patients infected with the coronavirus soon. At the moment 22,500 are available, of which nearly 15,000 are in use — while another 700 COVID patients are hospitalized on a daily basis. Of the total of 11,000 ventilators available in Poland, 1,700 have been reserved for COVID patients. At this point, 1,200 of those are already in use.