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China opens 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital after just 48 hours of construction

China opens 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital after just 48 hours of construction

China’s first coronavirus hospital has opened in a city near Wuhan after workers and volunteers spent just two days 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 in Huanggang at around 10:30pm local time Tuesday. 

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. 

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.

Footage released by China’s Cover News shows medical workers familiarising themselves with the facility today before the patients started to arrive.