Friday, January 24, 2020

China building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days to treat coronavirus patients

China is embarking on an ambitious project to build within six days a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat victims of a new coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Chinese state media have said they are mobilising machinery to get it ready by early next week, Reuters reports.

A total of 25 people in China have died from the virus and more than 800 have been infected, the government said on Friday, Jan. 24.

The World Health Organisation has declared it an emergency, but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern.

The virus is believed to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, with Dec. 31 thought to be the start of the spread.

Prefabricated buildings will make the new hospital.

It is being built around a holiday complex originally intended for local workers.

It will be set in gardens by a lake on the outskirts of the city.

Building machinery, including 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers, arrived at the site on Thursday night.

The new facility should be up by Monday morning.

“The construction of this project is to solve the shortage of existing medical resources” the report said.

“Because it will be prefabricated buildings, it will not only be built fast but it also won’t cost much.”