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Wuhan in rush to build emergency coronavirus treatment facility

Wuhan is rushing to build a makeshift hospital on its outskirts as a quarantine and treatment centre for patients in the latest coronavirus outbreak, as of China had reported 892 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 26 fatalities on Friday, 24 January 2020.

According the South China Morning Post, the Huoshenshan Hospital emergency health facility is going up in the Caidian district, Wuhan.

The project broke ground late at night on 23 January 2020. Starting the construction on Friday, 24 January 2020, this hospital will be made up of more than 20 prefabricated blocks, one to two floors high, but the exact number of beds and patients to be accommodated are still to be finalised.

The facility is likely to occupy nearly 25,000 square metres for coronavirus treatment centre and will accommodate 1,000 beds, according to official Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

“We will have our Lunar New Year eve’s reunion dinner at the site. We have no time. We need to deliver this for inspection in six days,” said one of the contractors.

About 7,000 of workers have been mobilised to complete the hospital within six days. According to locals in Wuhan, workers paid three times their usual wage to get emergency facility built within six days as much as 1,200 yuan (USD173) per day, three times their usual wage.

In the latest project, machines from construction companies including China Construction Third Engineering Bureau (CCTEB), have started to flatten the ground while designers from Citic Pacific Properties finalise the blueprint. A CCTEB source said they expected to receive the final blueprint by Friday and finish the project in six days. — Construction+ Online

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