On January 25, the Chinese authorities announced the construction of two hospitals to treat patients infected with the coronavirus. The forecasts are that they were finished in two weeks, but one of them has broken all records and has been finished in 48 hours! The images of dozens of excavators went around the world, but nobody expected – except the local authorities – this result. At 7 o’clock in the morning on January 25, more than 500 construction workers and more than 10 construction machinery vehicles appeared at the Dabieshan Regional Medical Center, to transform it into Xiaotangshan Hospital, in just 48 hours, with capacity for more than 1,000 beds.
Before construction, there were 13 designated hospitals and 29 clinics that treated the sick, but given the upward trend of the infected they decided to start the hospital.
The main project, interior and exterior decoration have been completed. The original plan was to move in May of this year. To achieve the goal, they needed to work tirelessly for 24 hours a day and count on the collaboration of hundreds of volunteers, who came to place the beds and clean the buildings. In the morning of yesterday they managed to place more than 100 beds and at the end of yesterday they completed the transfer of the remaining 900 and the electrical, water and even internet connections were made. The first patients were admitted at 10:30 am.
The coronavirus has killed at least 131 people, all in China, and has affected more than 6,000 worldwide. Until yesterday, four people from Huanggang lost their lives to the deadly virus and 213 people were infected. Although the Huanggang coronavirus hospital was the first to open, it was not the first to be planned. The Wuhan government announced last Thursday that they would build a coronavirus hospital in a week. There are at least four of those facilities completed or in process in the country. All of them are modeled at a temporary medical center in Beijing in 2003, which was built in seven days to combat SARS and treated a seventh of the country’s SARS patient over a period of two months. Wuhan’s authority is building two special facilities to treat a total of 2,300 coronavirus patients.