China’s first coronavirus hospital has opened today in a city near Wuhan after workers and volunteers spent just 48 hours converting an empty building to a 1,000-bed emergency facility.
The first batch of coronavirus patients were transferred to the Dabie Mountain Regional Medical Centre at around 10:30pm local time today, reported local media.
The project was complete within 48 hours thanks to the joint effort of staff from construction firms, utility companies and paramilitary police officers, the city’s authority said.
The hospital building in the city’s Huangzhou District was originally built as a new branch of Huanggang Central Hospital and expected to open in May.
More than 500 workers and a dozen heavy vehicles worked two days and nights in order to complete the task on time.
On Friday, the local authority ordered the building, which was complete but empty, to be used for treating coronavirus patients only.
Revamping works started from Saturday.
By Monday, all of the beds had been set up by volunteers, and water, electricity and internet had also been installed, according to the government of Huanggang.
As well as those two projects, another hospital is being built in Wuhan called Leishanshan, or Thunder God Mountain Hospital, and a third in Zhenzhou in Henan Province, LadBible reports.
A total of 106 people, all from China, have died so far. Sickness has been reported by 4,592 people, although scientists believe the number of people infected could be much higher.