Coronavirus Quarantine Hotel in China Collapses, Trapping Dozens
The hotel was being used to observe people who had had contact with patients
A hotel in south-eastern China used as a quarantine centre for holding people who have arrived from Coronavirus-hit regions has collapsed, trapping dozens, according to the local government.
As of 00.16am local time on Sunday, 43 people had been rescued from the wreckage of the Xinjia Express Hotel in the city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, according to a post on the Twitter-like microblog of the Fujian provincial fire services rescue team. A video in the post shows a fireman walking away from the wreckage carrying an infant.
A statement from the Licheng district government earlier on Saturday said that people who came from other regions badly hit by coronavirus were required to stay at this hotel for observation, and that more than 700 medics and rescuers have been mobilised to help. “Intensive rescue work is being carried out at the moment,” said the late-night statement.
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