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Is China Building a Hospital in 10 Days to Treat Coronavirus Patients?

Millions of people are quarantined in China to prevent the spread of the virus.

Published Feb. 3, 2020

WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 28:  (CHINA OUT) Hundreds of construction workers and heavy machinery build new hospitals to tackle the coronavirus on January 28, 2020 in Wuhan, China. Wuhan Huoshenshan hospital will be completed on February 2nd and put into use on February 5th, with the capacity of 1000 beds.  (Photo by Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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The Chinese government is building a hospital in 10 days to deal with the new coronavirus.

As an outbreak of a severe strain of the new coronavirus spread in the city of Wuhan, China, the Chinese government vowed to build in 10 days a 1,000-bed hospital to treat victims of the illness.

Given the massive undertaking, Snopes readers asked whether this was true. The Chinese government apparently is endeavoring to do just that. Photographs show machinery starting to prepare construction at the site on Jan. 24, 2020. Within days, structures that would comprise the new hospital were already built. As of Feb. 2, 2020, pictures showed hospital construction near completion.

On Feb. 3, 2020, The New York Times reported the new hospital, named Huoshenshan Hospital, was preparing to accept its first round of patients.

Although the feat may sound unbelievable to some, it wouldn't be the first time the Chinese government put up a hospital in lightning speed to deal with an outbreak. In 2003, Beijing built a hospital in one week to treat SARS patients.

Roughly 45 million people are quarantined in China as the country tries to contain the spread of the virus, which was first reported in Wuhan. The current strain, dubbed 2019-nCoV, has killed 425 people in China.

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Sources

Qin, Amy. "China Pledged to Build a New Hospital in 10 Days. It’s Close."   The New York Times. 3 February. 2020.

Feng, Emily. "45 Million Chinese Now Under Quarantine As Officials Try To Halt Coronavirus Spread."   NPR. 27 January 2020.

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