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Wuhan Hospital built in 10 days to battle coronavirus

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Beginning the intensive construction on Friday, 24 January 2020, China has now completed building Huoshenshan Hospital, an emergency health facility built specifically to battle the Wuhan coronavirus.

According to Chinese state media, this two-storey facility with 60,000 square metre gross floor area was completed on Sunday morning, 1 February 2020, built in little over a week, thanks to prefab technology.

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“Our workers were assembled overnight. Management staff arrived at the site by 3 AM and large pieces of machinery arrived at 4-5 AM,” said Zhang Zhongxi, General Manager of Road & Bridge Company Wuhan Construction, on 24 January.

With ground levelling completed on 27 January, the first prefabricated containers were constructed; and on the next day steel structures of a two-storey ward building took shape. On 29 January, more than 300 prefab containers were nearly completed; and on 31 January nearly 90 per cent assembled.

Credit: Stringer—Anadolu Agency via Aljazeera

Credit: Stringer—Anadolu Agency via Aljazeera

Credit: Stringer—Anadolu Agency via Aljazeera

Credit: Stringer—Anadolu Agency via Aljazeera

As the hospital was under construction, many companies from all across China also went all out to help provide building materials, such as construction panels, prefab rooms, and air disinfectors.

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On day 10, 1 February 2020, the power facilities construction was completed and medical equipment was installed. Huoshenshan Hospital was handed over to the army and will be staffed with 1,400 military medics and equipped with 1,000 beds.

On 2 February 2020, the hospital was officially opened and ready to battle the Wuhan coronavirus by admitting its first patients. — Construction+ Online

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