Coronavirus panic forces China to build 1,000-bed hospital in FOUR days which will start treating patients on Monday – The Sun
A NEW hospital being built in China in a bid to battle the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus looks to have made huge progress after just four days' work.
The 1,000-bed medical institution in Wuhan has sprung up in just a matter of days and is expected to be completed by the end of the week and treating patients by Monday.
China is naming the hastily constructed hospital Huoshenshan which means “Fire God Mountain Hospital”.
Wuhan is the province in China where Coronavirus was first detected and the hospital takes up six acres of land there.
It is said to be built up of a number of temporary buildings and shipping containers and will take its first patients on February 3.
According to Xinhua News Agency around 2,000 medical workers are expected to treat patients.
The Chinese government has instructed four construction companies to work through Chinese New Year in order to complete the medical center, according to state media.
The hospital is a copy of a makeshift one built in Beijing in 2003 in response to the SARS epidemic.
China has said it will build four hospitals in total in a speedy response to the deadly virus that has so far killed over 100 people.
The majority of those deaths were all in the central province of Hubei.
According to reports three more hospitals are currently being built to curb the spread of the lethal virus.
Two of the urgent projects are in Wuhan, one named Leishanshan or Thunder God Mountain Hospital which is located in the suburban area to the south of the city centre.
Three other temporary hospitals have been built in the provinces of Hubei and Henan.
The coronavirus hospital in Huanggang is being converted from an existing hospital.
According to China News, the 1,000-bed hospital will open today following two days of construction.
The pressing construction has been assigned to four government-run firms, China Construction Third Engineering Bureau, Wuhan Construction Engineering Group, Wihan Municipal Engineering Design, and Research Institute as well as Wuhan Hanyan Municipal Construction Group.
Around 2,800 people worldwide are so far said to have been infected with the killer virus across 14 countries.
The youngest confirmed case is a nine-year-old girl in Beijing.
There has been no reported deaths from coronavirus outside of China.
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