Chinese city is building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days for coronavirus patients

24 Ian 2020 | by Tiffany Davenport

The Chinese city of Wuhan - described as 'ground zero' of the coronavirus outbreak - is rushing to build a new hospital in six days in a bid to treat patients. So far the disease has killed at least 26 people and infected more than 870.

Chinese city is building 1,000-bed hospital in 6 days for coronavirus patients

A number of diggers and bulldozers were pictured on a building site and employees will be working around the clock to get the 1,000-bed space built in six days - and it will be put to use on 3 February.

The state-run news site, People's Daily reported that the hospital will be made from prefabricated buildings - making it quicker and cheaper to build - and it will sit on the outskirts of the city on a 25,000- square-meter (270,000-square-foot) lot.

It's being built to deal with the number of people that are attempting to seek medical attention and having to wait hours in line to be screened for the disease.

According to authorities, the construction efforts are 'to address the insufficiency of existing medical resources', including a lack of protective gear.

Wuhan's facility will mirror Beijing's strategy, after they built a hospital in seven days to control the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) back in 2003. This ended up treating one-seventh of the country's patients.

Associated Press reported that hospitals in Wuhan were grappling with a flood of patients and a lack of supplies. Some users on the Weibo social media site said their family members had sought diagnoses but were turned away at hospitals that were at capacity.

Authorities in Wuhan have suspended all public transport in and out of the city to try and stop the virus from spreading, while New Year celebrations planned for this weekend have been scrapped.