In Poland, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections has increased rapidly in recent weeks. The Ministry of Health announced 21,629 new cases on Friday. This development determined the government to launch the plan to build temporary hospitals in the country, writes DPA, according to Agerpres.

“Increasing the number of new infections could cause the collapse of the health system, which is already on the verge of collapse, if we do not introduce extraordinary measures,” the head of the prime minister’s office, Michal Dworczyk, was quoted as saying by the PAP.

On Friday, Mateusz Morawiecki ordered six state-controlled companies to build temporary hospitals. They will supplement the number of beds available for COVID-19 patients by more than 3,000, according to Dworczyk.

Among the companies involved are Orlen and Lotus, in the field of oil and gas, the largest Polish bank PKO BP and KGHM, one of the world’s largest producers of copper and silver, notes DPA.

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense announced on Friday that it will supplement to over 20,000 soldiers, out of 3,000, the troops mobilized in aid of the sanitary system, overworked these days.

Poland has so far registered 340,834 cases of infection with the new coronavirus, of which 5,351 were fatal.