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Poland Hit a New Record in Daily COVID Infections

Αssociated Press

Polish police in riot gear detain protesters, angry over new restrictions aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland — Poland hit a new record in daily infections with over 18,800 cases and also reported 236 new COVID-19-related deaths.

The news Wednesday reported by the Health Ministry was much more than the expected 15,000 daily cases, a figure that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has described as a “worst case scenario” that would totally overwhelm the country's underfunded health care system.

Total number of registered infections is almost 300,000 in the nation of 38 million. Many cities are building temporary hospitals and the government says there are enough beds and ventilators, but the system is short of trained medical personnel.