WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Sunday, less than a week since construction started, the first of the two emergency coronavirus hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has just been completed.
- The prefabricated Huoshenshan Hospital which houses 1,000 beds including isolation wards was designed to have a bigger space to treat patients and help contain the virus in spite of extensive quarantine measures, according to BBC.
- The construction of the hospital was followed by millions of people who watched workers rushing to finish the 60,000 square-meter structure live via YouTube.
One of two hospitals constructed in the coronavirus epicenter in the Chinese city of Wuhan was finished on Sunday, less than a week after the building started on January 23.
BBC reported that the makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital was designed to provide the extra space needed to treat coronavirus sufferers and to help stop the spread of the virus despite massive quarantine efforts.
The two-story prefabricated hospital has 1,000 beds including 30 intensive care units. The patient’s room also features double-sided cabinets so supplies and food can be delivered from the hallways without staff having to enter the rooms. According to the Chinese state media China Global Television Network, the hospital will start admitting patients by Monday.
The building of the massive Huoshenshan hospital has been designed after a similar prefabricated hospital constructed in Beijing in a few days during the 2003 SARS-virus outbreak. An estimated 40 million people tuned in to live footages of the construction in YouTube and Periscope as thousands of construction workers toiled 24 hours a day to complete the 60,000 square meter structure.
According to reports from CGTN, a second bigger emergency hospital called Leishenshan Hospital is also being built in Wuhan, about 25 miles away from the newest hospital. This second facility will house 1,500 beds and is expected to be finished in the next few days.
Source: New York Post