Wuhan city, is fast building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat victims of a new corona virus, mobilizing machinery to get it ready by early next week, state media said.
The virus has killed 25 people in China and infected more than 800, the government said on Friday, as it was declared an emergency by the World Health Organization but stopped short of calling the outbreak international concern.
Most of the cases report in Wuhan, central China, where the virus originate late last year. The new hospital is under construction around a holiday complex originally intend for local workers, set in gardens by a lake in the outskirts of town, official Changjiang Daily announce on Friday. Prefabricate buildings to built include1,000 beds, it state.
Construction equipment including 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers arrived at the site on Thursday night, the paper said, with the aim of getting the new facility ready by Monday.
“The construction of this project is to solve the shortage of existing medical resources” the report said. “Because it is prefabricate buildings, it is to built fast but it also cheap.”
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China State Construction Engineering, one of the hospital-building companies, state on Friday. It state that it was “doing everything it can and would overcome difficulties” to play its part. So, it adds that it now had more than 100 workers on site. It showed a picture on its WeChat account of diggers working at night. This is to prepare the site. Also, another one working hard in a field of tall grass during the day of about a dozen men.
The hospital aims to replicate Beijing’s 2003 experience of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) battling the area. In the SARS outbreak, which affected almost 30 nations, as many as 774 people died. Beijing at the time established the Xiaotangshan hospital in its northern suburbs within a week. This diagnosed one-seventh of all SARS patients in the country in two months time, the Changjiang Daily said.
“It created a miracle in the history of medical science,” the paper added.
The Beijing hospital is build by 7000 workers originally. It is to take people who were in recovery from SARS to relieve pressure on other hospitals. In the end it has diagnosed nearly 700 people with SARS.
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