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Poland reports record rise in daily coronavirus deaths

FILE PHOTO: A health worker in a protective suit gives a document to man, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a test center in front of a hospital in Warsaw, Poland October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland reported a record 445 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, as the healthcare system is facing shortages in hospital beds, equipment and medics.

The country also reported 27,086 new COVID-19 cases, close to the Thursday’s record of 27,143.

The health ministry said that, as of Friday, COVID-19 patients occupied 19,479 hospital beds and were using 1,703 ventilators, out of an available 29,407 and 2,238 respectively.

Reporting by Pawel Florkiewicz and Marcin Goclowski; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Edmund Blair