The government of China is building a new 1,000-bed hospital in only six days to fight the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan City. The new 25,000m2 hospital Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital is being built in the Caidian District in the west of the city to treat patients suspected of contracting the Coronavirus.
Since being detected in Wuhan City in December 2019, 170 deaths in China have been confirmed.
The new hospital is being built from prefabricated buildings and authorities expect to complete the hospital within six days. They constructed a similar hospital to fight the Sars virus in 2003 and constructed the building in only seven days – the construction team is trying to beat that record.
The new Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital is expected to open on 3 February.
According to the World Health Organization and national authorities, the virus has also spread out other countries, including Thailand, USA, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, France, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal, Canada, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Germany.
A new Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital is expected to open on February 3
In the photographs released to media, it seems that over 60 diggers are working on the construction and CGTN is also giving a live broadcast to see how the hospital is built from day to day.
Against the further spread of the virus, the Chinese government has also taken several precautions to reduce mobility between people. For instance, in Shanghai, the government has stopped businesses from returning to work until 10 February. The government warned that people shouldn’t use planes, trains and other public transportations unless they have to.
“China has a record of getting things done fast even for monumental projects like this,” Huang Yanzhong, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC.
“This authoritarian country relies on this top-down mobilization approach. They can overcome bureaucratic nature and financial constraints and are able to mobilize all of the resources.”
“The engineering work is what China is good at. They have records of building skyscrapers at speed. This is very hard for westerners to imagine. It can be done,” he added. Read the original article on World Architecture Community