China's New Hospital, Built In Days, Opens For Coronavirus Patients

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Ten days after digging began, Wuhan's first makeshift special Coronavirus hospital is complete.

Work started on Huoshenshan Hospital on the evening of Thursday January 23, the same day the city's residents were ordered to go into lock down over the spreading virus.

By Sunday night, the final brick had been laid and the Chinese Air Force had began airlifting medical supplies and personnel in to Wuhan for the new hospital's opening, scheduled for Monday, February 3rd.

Livestreams of the workers bustling around day and night proved to be incredibly popular online, with some 40 million people tuning in to YouTube and Periscope to watch the rapid construction project over the past ten days.

Huoshenshan Hospital consists of dozens of prefabricated buildings which make up two floors of intensive care units, medical treatment rooms, and quarantine wards.

More than 2,000 new Coronavirus cases were recorded in China in the past 24 hours according to Chinese and World Health Organization data.

Chinese State media says Huoshenshan Hospital adds 1,000 beds to the city hit hardest by the deadly virus.

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The 270,000 square foot campus is the first of two new hospitals being built within weeks in order to deal with the Coronavirus epidemic in China.

The virus has infected some 14,500 people globally. The vast majority are in China, where 304 people had died from the virus by Sunday night.

Huoshenshan Hospital has been equipped with 4G and 5G networks, which set up a remote consultation system between the hospital in Wuhan and a major General Hospital in Beijing.

More than 1,400 military medical staff are now on hand to treat the growing number of Coronavirus patients in Wuhan.

The new hospital was modeled after Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing, which was constructed in a record-breaking seven days during the 2003 SARS epidemic.

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Wuhan is home to approximately 11 million people. However, authorities believe some 5 million people may have left the city for the annual Lunar New Year celebrations, before the lock down began.

Chinese authorities have also ordered the building of a second emergency hospital 25 miles away from Huoshenshan Hospital, which will have an additional 1,600 beds and is expected to open on Wednesday.

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