Wuhan to open ELEVEN MORE makeshift coronavirus hospitals after workers turn sports halls and exhibition centres into temporary medical centres OVERNIGHT

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

The alternative facilities will have more than 10,700 beds in total and treat patients with minor conditions
One gymnasium and two exhibition halls were revamped overnight on Monday and eight more are underway
Wuhan officials have been accused of hiding the real death toll as people who died at home were not counted
The city has opened its first coronavirus hospital built from scratch and is set to open another on Thursday

5 February 2020

Coronavirus epicentre Wuhan will open 11 new makeshift coronavirus hospitals after builders and volunteers worked overnight turning sports halls and exhibition centres into temporary medical centres.

The facilities, with more than 10,700 beds in total, will receive suspected coronavirus patients as well as confirmed cases with minor conditions, according to state media.

The virus-ravaged city has opened its first dedicated coronavirus hospital, which was built from scratch in the space of 10 days and has 1,000 beds.

Another similar institute, with 1,600 beds and was constructed from the ground up, is set to receive its first patients tomorrow.

The death toll from the epidemic continues to rise in China as the country’s authorities reported 66 new deaths overnight – a new daily record.

The life-threatening disease, which emerged in Wuhan in December, has killed at least 493 people and infected more than 24,600 globally.

The city’s construction firms started to renovate leisure centres and exhibition halls from Monday.

Three places – Hongshan Gymnasium, Wuhan Living Room Exhibition Centre and Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center – were revamped overnight on Monday, reported Xinhua News Agency.

They have more than 4,000 beds in total and will treat confirmed coronavirus cases who have minor conditions and are under the age of 65, the report said.

The move is set to save the beds in formal hospitals to those in serious or critical condition.

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