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Poland reports record number of COVID-19 deaths

Poland reports record number of COVID-19 deaths
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Poland recorded 58 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday, a single-day record for the country.

Overall, 2,236 new cases were reported in the country, just shy of Saturday’s all-time high of 2,367, Reuters reported. Overall, the nation has reported 104,316 cases and 2,717 deaths.

Although official records indicate a much lower caseload and death toll than other European nations, the increases are cutting into the country’s medical supplies and hospital beds, according to officials.

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Poland currently has 263 ventilators and 3,719 beds being used specifically for coronavirus patients, compared to 141 ventilators and 2,399 beds last week, according to Reuters.

“More and more people are sent for hospital treatment, but also more and more people go to intensive care units, because they require treatment with a ventilator. This is very disturbing,” Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said in an interview with Polish outlet Polsat News.

Kraska also said some hospitals do not have access to remdesivir, the drug that has been used to treat numerous coronavirus patients, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE. Health officials are expected to tighten rules on public use of face masks as well as increase beds for coronavirus patients, according to Reuters.

“Only those with a medical certificate from a doctor can choose not to wear a mask where it is mandatory ... any person who doesn’t wear a mask (and doesn’t have a certificate) will face the harshest of punishments,” Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said in a news conference.

While Poland lifted most virus-related restrictions in May, cases spiked over the summer as travel and large events increased. The country’s southern region had been the hardest-hit early in the pandemic, but recent weeks have seen a spike in its central and northern regions as well. The central region was the site of the largest increase Tuesday.