Midst media reports that Polish medical staff are taking oxygen and intravenous drips to boost their energy, the country’s health minister Adam Niedzielski said, many Polish doctors and nurses are just taking naps between shifts as they continue to fight a third coronavirus-induced COVID-19 wave which began in Wuhan, China.
On Friday, with a population of 38 million, Poland is slated to report nearly 700 coronavirus-related deaths said Niedzielski.
The number of deaths hit a new record of 954 on Thursday.
“This is indeed a war and the situation requires non-standard behaviours,” said Niedzielski to private radio RMF 24. “These are the toughest, the most difficult pictures, which reflect the burden of this work”.
He went on to add, “When I visited a temporary hospital in Katowice I saw doctors and nurses sleeping to rest in between their shifts. The intensity of work is significant, which results from the deficit of personnel”.
Poland reported record numbers of new COVID-19 cases last week at around 35,000 a day. Earlier this week on Wednesday, the government extended restrictions until April 18, and continued to keep schools, shopping centres, cinemas, hotels, and theatres closed.
The previous 24-hour death record was 674, in November 2020.
On Thursday Poland reported 27,887 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of infections in the country to around 2.5 million.