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Rising infections in Eastern Europe

Eastern European countries are struggling to cope with the ever-increasing cases of Covid-19, every day.

Poland’s daily cases soared above 8,000 for the first time, hitting a record high for the second straight day, with the country likely to introduce new restrictions. While health authorities say there are enough hospital beds and respirators for now to tackle the infection, doctors warn that the system may become overloaded.

The Czech Republic will start building capacity for COVID-19 patients outside of hospitals, as the country battles the fastest rate of infections in Europe. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said the army would start building an area for 500 hospital beds at a fairground in Prague.

Croatia reported 793 new cases, a daily record, while neighbouring Slovenia introduced new measures to fight its spike in infections.