Videos show the shockingly rapid progress the city of Wuhan, China, is making with two new hospitals it’s panic-building to fight the deadly coronavirus.
The rapidly spreading virus, which is transmitted from human to human, had killed at least 100 people and infected more than 4,500 as of Tuesday.
Medics in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where the virus originated, have described overcrowded hospitals and a shortage of test kits , protective gear, and other medical equipment.
To alleviate this pressure, city authorities last Friday announced plans to build a new hospital from scratch in just six days, to be used beginning February 3.
Wuhan on Saturday expanded those plans, and it is now urgently building two hospitals, the state-run
People’s Daily reported .
Authorities asked four construction companies to work throughout the Lunar New Year to complete the buildings, MailOnline reported , citing state media reports.
One is the Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital, which is due to open February 3 with an area of 25,000 square meters, or 269,000 square feet, and 1,000 beds, according to People’s Daily. Construction on this site began Friday.
The second is the Leishenshan Hospital, which is due to open February 5 with an area of 30,000 square meters (323,000 square feet) and 1,300 beds, CGTN reported. Construction on this site started Monday.
They are located about 25 miles apart.
Chinese state media have since at least Tuesday been livestreaming footage of workers racing against the clock to build the two sites.
About 10 million people had been watching it as of Tuesday afternoon local time, People’s Daily said.