In an attempt to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China has begun urgently building two new temporary hospitals which they plan to have completed in a weeks time.
According to the coronavirus outbreak tracker, there are already 7,783 confirmed cases globally, with 4,586 of these in Hubei province where Wuhan is located. 170 total deaths have been recorded with 162 of those at the epicentre.
The Wuhan government announced the construction of the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan hospital and the 1,600 bed Leishenshan hospital which will receive designated cornovirus patients. They plan to open Huoshenshan hospital by the 3 February, with Leishenshan hospital by the 5 February.
If they achieve this, it is an incredible architectural feat. According to Xinhua News Agency, Leishenshan hospital is planned to be 60,000 square metres, including 51,000 square metres of quarantine units and 9,000 square metres of dormitories to house around 2,000 medical workers.
“We’ve mobilised all the workers left in Wuhan to work in shifts to ensure round-the-clock construction,” said Wuhan Construction construction group manager Zhang Chongxi.
These emergency hospitals are not made with concrete but are rather pre-fabricated units put together. With no time to design the structures, Wuhan officials are using the blueprints from Xiaotangshan Hospital which was assembled in a week in Beijing during the 2003 SARS outbreak, according to Quartz.
A livestream of the building project for Huoshenshan Hospital has captivated people all around the world, especially those stuck in their houses and apartments in Wuhan under self-quarantine.
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