Chinese army to oversee virus hospital

People in the city of 11 million people, which has been under quarantine for more than a week, have complained of waiting hours in line to see a doctor.

03 February 2020 | International

China's army was given control yesterday of a nearly-finished field hospital that will treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus epidemic that has severely strained medical facilities.

Some 1 400 military medics will treat patients at the 1 000-bed hospital, dubbed 'Fire God Mountain', which will receive its first patients today - just 10 days after construction began, according to state media.

The official Xinhua news agency said many of the staff were involved in the fight against another coronavirus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed some 650 people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

It is one of two makeshift medical facilities that the authorities decided to build in order to relieve hospitals swamped with patients in Wuhan, the central city at the epicentre of the national health emergency.

People in the city of 11 million people, which has been under quarantine for more than a week, have complained of waiting hours in line to see a doctor.

The new coronavirus, which is believed to have originated at a wild animal market in Wuhan, has killed more than 300 people and infected another 14 000.

The second field hospital, 'Thunder God Mountain', is set to start admitting patients on Thursday, with 1 600 beds - 300 more than originally planned.

NAMPA / AFP

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