China Opens It’s First Coronavirus Hospital
In China, in a city close to Wuhan where the coronavirus outbreak began, a new 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital has been opened.
After workers spent just 48 hours converting an empty building into a hospital, the Dabie Mountain Regional Medical Centre started receiving patients at 10.30 pm last night. To open the hospital in the Huangzhou District, more than 500 construction workers, electricians, and police worked around the clock.
Originally, this hospital was intended to be opened in May, but they managed to complete the task much sooner due to the growing threat of the spread of the deadly disease.
On Friday, the local authorities announced that the building would be converted and on Saturday, the work started. It was ready for patients and it had electricity, water, and internet by yesterday.
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For another large hospital in the city Wuhan itself, the authorities have given a deadline of Monday in building a more ambitious project.
Using pre-fabricated buildings modeled on a medical center built in Beijing in 2003 in seven days to tackle SARS, four more hospitals are being built in super-quick time.
Authorities have told that following the outbreak of coronavirus, there are nearly 6,000 people infected and the death toll in mainland China has risen to 132. In the last 24 hours, there were 26 deaths recorded, all in the Hubei province except for one. From Tuesday’s figure, the number of cases has increased to 5,974, up by 1,459, added the authorities.
From Wuhan, the hardest-hit city in China, countries began evacuating their citizens on Wednesday. A plane carrying Americans who had been in Wuhan left for Anchorage, Alaska, and before flying to Ontario, California, they will be re-screened here for the virus.
Hospitals are prepared to quarantine people, treat the people who may be infected. On Wednesday, a Japanese-chartered flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan landed at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
Amid the outbreak of the new type of coronavirus, the British Government is warning against ‘all but essential travel’ to mainland China. To stop the spread of the virus, Hong Kong will halve the number of flights and cut all rail links to the mainland meanwhile other governments including Mongolia, France, have planned for evacuations and South Korea said it will send a plane for its citizens.
In the United Arab Emirates, after recently returning to the Middle East from Wuhan, the first cases of the virus in a family has been confirmed.
To prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further, China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities in Hubei province. In the most far-reaching disease control measures ever imposed, more than 50 million people have been trapped in this lock-down.
As Hubei’s hospitals grapple with a growing number of patients, a Japanese aircraft was bringing 20,000 face masks and protective gear, all in short supply.
For the treatment of patients with the virus, Wuhan is building two hospitals in a matter of days to add 2,500 beds.
The new virus might be spreading more easily than originally thought or might have even mutated in a form that does so, experts said.
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