Wuhan to convert gymnasium, exhibition center into temporary hospitals

Cheryl Sanders
February 5, 2020

The first dedicated coronavirus hospital in Wuhan has welcomed its first group of patients today after the emergency facility was built from scratch in just 10 days.

Super-fast 1,000-bed hospital has began receiving Coronavirus patients in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. China sent medical workers and equipment Monday to its just-completed, 1,000-bed hospital for treating victims of a new virus that has caused 362 deaths and more than 17,300 infections at home and overseas.

About half of the two-storey, 60,000-square-metre building is isolation wards, according to the government newspaper Yangtze Daily.

A team of 7,000 carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other specialists worked around the clock to build the Huoshenshan hospital, Chinese state media said, with construction beginning on January 23 and being completed on Sunday.

A view of a patients' room in Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan.

Fifty-seven people died from the novel form of pneumonia yesterday in China, all but one of them in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

A second new hospital is now under construction in Wuhan and set to be completed on February 5.

According to the details, the construction of the hospital has begun right after the outbreak of Corona virus and it has started working in less than 10 days after construction began. It has multiple intensive care units along with sections for diagnosis and infection control.

The new facility will ease the shortage of beds in the city resulting from an increasing number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

Hong Kong was hit hard by SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, in 2002-03, an illness from the same family of viruses as the current outbreak and which many believe was intensified by official Chinese secrecy and obfuscation. The government has yet to say whether it might be used for patients with the new disease.

Located 25km (16 miles) from Wuhan, the hospital is one of two built in the area in response to the outbreak.

The death toll in China's coronavirus epidemic soared to 361, with 57 deaths on Sunday alone, while the number of confirmed cases climbed to 17,205, Chinese health officials announced on Monday.

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