Timelapse Video Shows Incredible Progress Made On New Chinese Hospital After Just Four Days
Amazing drone footage shows the speed with which Chinese authorities are building a new hospital in Wuhan to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has already claimed the lives of at least 81 people.
The emergency medical centre is currently four days into construction and already the building is starting to take shape.
That's down to the efforts of the hundreds - if not thousands - of workers who can be seen on the construction site throughout the short video.
Four construction companies have worked straight through the Chinese New Year holiday to ensure that the hospital - called Huoshenhan or 'Fire God Mountain Hospital' - can receive patients as early as 3 February, according to state media.
The facility is being built in the western area of Wuhan, one of the epicentres of the outbreak that has so far infected over 2,400 people and spread to more than 10 other countries.
When finished, the hospital will sit across six acres and provide 1,000 medical beds. State media reports that work on the Caidian District hospital will be finished in a week.
This is only one of the hospitals the Chinese government is planning to build in response to the coronavirus outbreak. When they're all finished, there will be two in Wuhan, one in the nearby city of Huanggang, and another in Zhenzhou in China's central Henan Province.
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While the two in Wuhan are being constructed from scratch, the hospital in Huanggang has been redeveloped to include the specialist unit and 1,000 beds to treat the coronavirus.
This exercise in speed-building medical facilities has been partially informed by the response and reaction of the Chinese authorities to the SARS outbreak of 2003.
During that incident, the government built a temporary medical centre in Beijing in seven days, and that same hospital treated one-seventh of the entire country's SARS patients over a two-month period.
China has taken the drastic step of extending the New Year holiday period in order to try to curb the spread of the infection.
Scientists believe that more than 100,000 people could have been affected by the virus already, which is significantly higher than the official toll. The figure could even be as high as 350,000.
There is currently no cure for the virus, and the infected people are being quarantined and treated in China.
Airports around the world have been screening passengers, but it can take several weeks for symptoms to appear, so screening at the airport is potentially not the most effective way.
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