The first coronavirus patients have arrived at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, just 10 days after construction crews broke ground on the site.
The new hospital spans two floors and 60,000 square metres. It took construction teams of 7000 workers with armies of trucks and excavators working around the clock to complete the project.
At the time of writing, the coronavirus has been reported in 150 countries with more than 17,000 confirmed cases in China and 361 deaths.
The new coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
Prefabricated materials were used to complete the new hospital, which is being built in the Caidian District in the west of the city of Wuhan, with builders following the plans outlined for a similar Beijing hospital, built in a week following the SARS epidemic of 2003.
The state-owned broadcaster CGTN showed live footage of the work progressing day and night to build the hospital.
The hospital is divided into several sections that stretch from a central core with four types of rooms – patient wards, doctor rooms, nurse stations and bathrooms. The water supply system for the bathrooms were completed in a week.
There are special ventilation systems and double-sided cabinets that connect patients’ rooms to hallways so staff members can deliver supplies without entering the rooms.
Xi chairs leadership meeting on epidemic control, calling for all-out efforts to treat the patients, ensure the supply of medical protection materials, improve the admission and survival rates, and reduce the infection and mortality rates https://t.co/wFKJzOF70A pic.twitter.com/FXoNYiZCmN— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 3, 2020
The New York Times reports migrant workers and suppliers of materials were used to complete the hospital.
The city of Wuhan, which is in the central province of Hubei, is at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak. To restrict the spread of the virus the Chinese government has locked down Hubei’s population of 60 million – enacting full or partial travel restrictions across the province.
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