China builds a massive quarantine camp in its COVID-19 epicentre

Incredible time-lapse footage shows Chinese workers toiling day and night to build a massive quarantine camp with over 4,000 isolation suites to fight coronavirus

  • Chinese workers have assembled hundreds of units in a huge quarantine centre in Hebei within 138 hours 
  • Local officials said 606 furnished suites would be ready today and another 1,173 would be finished tomorrow  
  • The makeshift camp covers 108 acres and is designed to have 4,156 individual apartments when it’s complete
  • It’s expected to hold thousands of people who have come into direct or indirect contact with COVID patients

Workers at a Chinese COVID-19 hot spot have assembled thousands of isolation units in a massive makeshift quarantine centre within 138 hours to fight a new coronavirus outbreak.

A time-lapse video has emerged showing the construction crew working around the clock to erect the emergency facility designed to hold thousands of suspected coronavirus carriers.

With hundreds of workers and machines toiling day and night for the past five days, nearly 1,200 prefabricated quarantine units have been put together and are now being fine-tuned with interior decorations. 

China is rushing to build a massive quarantine centre in its new COVID-19 ground zero as an incredible time-lapse video shows construction crews working around the clock to erect the emergency facility to curb a surge of coronavirus infections. In this photo taken on January 16, cranes and construction crews work at the quarantine site in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province

The isolation camp covers 108 acres and is expected to have enough rooms to hold more than 4,000 suspected coronavirus carriers once it’s finished, authorities said. Workers are seen at the construction site of a quarantine centre in Shijiazhuang

With hundreds of workers and machines toiling day and night for the past five days, thousands of prefabricated quarantine units filled a vast field in northern Hebei Province, which has become the focus point of the country’s latest virus outbreak

The construction began on January 13 in the county of Zhengding on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang city as northern Chinese cities placed millions under lockdown after reporting a fresh wave of infections in recent weeks

Local officials have said that 606 furnished suites would be ready today while another 1,173 would be finished tomorrow.

The isolation camp covers 108 acres and is expected to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Hebei Province, which has become a new virus hot spot in the country.

The construction began on January 13 in the county of Zhengding on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang city as northern Chinese cities placed millions under lockdown after reporting a fresh wave of infections in recent weeks.

Over 20,000 local villagers have been sent into quarantine in centralised facilities since clusters of cases started to emerge in Shijiazhuang’s Gaocheng District in the beginning of January.

Following an urgent government order, more than 600 workers and 100 construction machines have been sent to the site, working 24 hours non-stop in sub-zero temperatures to complete the 108-acre development.

In a time-lapse video released by state broadcaster CCTV, the construction team is seen working from dusk till dawn for the past five days, laying platforms on the brown field and assembling the cabin-like structures at an impressive speed.

Following an urgent government order, more than 600 workers and 100 construction machines have been sent to the site, working 24 hours non-stop in sub-zero temperatures, aiming to complete the 108-acre development as soon as possible

In a time-lapse video released by state broadcaster CCTV, the construction crews are seen working from dusk till dawn for the past five days, laying platforms on the brown field and assembling the cabin-like structures at an impressive speed

After nearly six days of relentless toiling, 1,195 of the makeshift units have been built and ready to be furnished, according to a post by China Construction Second Engineering Bureau, part of the team responsible for the project in Shijiazhuang, Hebei

After nearly six days of relentless building, 1,195 of the makeshift units have been built and ready to be furnished, according to a post by China Construction Second Engineering Bureau, part of the team responsible for the project.

By the end of Tuesday, a total of 606 quarantine suites is expected to be ready for use and another 1,173 of them are set to be completed tomorrow, reported state media Xinhua News Agency.

In a separate clip aired by CCTV today, a reporter is seen touring one of the isolation rooms equipped with air-conditioning, a boiler and an en suite bathroom.

It remains unclear exactly how many people will end up being confined in the Zhengding camp, but workers are expected to build 4,156 suites using prefabricated materials to house suspected coronavirus patients. 

By the end of Tuesday, a total of 606 quarantine suites is expected to be ready for use and another 1,173 of them are set to be completed tomorrow, reported state media Xinhua News Agency. Pictured, the quarantine site is being built in Shijiazhuang

It remains unclear exactly how many people will end up being confined in the Zhengding camp, but workers are expected to build 4,156 suites using prefabricated materials to house suspected coronavirus patients

Workers at the construction site of a centralised quarantine site with over 4,000 prefabricated rooms in Shijiazhuang, Hebei

China is rushing to build a massive quarantine centre in its new COVID-19 ground zero as an incredible time-lapse video shows construction crews working around the clock to erect the emergency facility to curb a surge of coronavirus infections

China reported 118 new coronavirus patients on Tuesday, with 43 of those in the province of Jilin. Hebei province just outside Beijing saw another 35 infections, while Heilongjiang province bordering Russia reported 27 new cases.

Beijing, where some residential communities and outlying villages have been placed under lockdown, reported just one new case. 

A fourth northern province, Liaoning, has also imposed quarantines and travel restrictions to prevent the virus from further spreading, part of measures being imposed across much of the country to prevent new outbreaks during during February´s Lunar New Year holiday.

Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a massive scale. 

The construction began on January 13 in the county of Zhengding on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang city as northern Chinese cities placed millions under lockdown after reporting a fresh wave of infections in recent weeks.  In this aerial photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, workers build a large centralised quarantine facility in Shijiazhuang, north China’s Hebei

After nearly six days of relentless toiling, 1,195 of the makeshift units have been built and ready to be furnished, according to a post by China Construction Second Engineering Bureau, part of the team responsible for the emergency COVID project

By the end of Tuesday, a total of 606 quarantine suites is expected to be ready for use and another 1,173 of them are set to be completed tomorrow, reported state media Xinhua News Agency. Workers are pictured at the construction site in the dark

The scenes outside Shijiazhuang are reminiscent of Beijing’s efforts early last year to build makeshift field hospitals in Wuhan – the central Chinese city where COVID-19 cases first emerged – within days.

In the then-epicentre Wuhan, two emergency coronavirus hospitals, Huoshenshan and Leishenshan, were built from scratch in the space of 12 days to treat COVID-19 patients.

The Huoshenshan, or Fire God Mountain Hospital, is a six-acre, 1,000-bed medical centre situated in Wuhan’s Caidian District. 

The authorities instructed four construction companies to toil through the Chinese New Year holiday in order to complete the project in a week in last January.

The scenes of the construction site outside Shijiazhuang are reminiscent of Beijing’s efforts early last year to build makeshift field hospitals in Wuhan – the central Chinese city where COVID-19 cases first emerged – within days

With hundreds of workers and machines toiling day and night for the past five days, thousands of prefabricated quarantine units filled a vast field in northern Hebei Province, which is the focus point of the country’s new coronavirus outbreak

China has reported a total of 88,454 cases and 4,635 deaths since coronavirus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. Residents in Shijiazhuang are pictured being tested for the virus on January 16

China is bracing a new wave of coronavirus infections in recent week after appearing to have largely contained the outbreak

A second new coronavirus hospital in Wuhan, the Leishanshan – or Thunder God – was completed days later after the Huoshenshan was erected.

China has reported a total of 88,454 cases and 4,635 deaths since coronavirus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. It does not include people who test positive but have no symptoms in its count.

A multinational team of investigators from the World Health Organization are currently in Wuhan undergoing two weeks of quarantine before beginning field visits in hopes of gaining clues into the origins of the pandemic that has now killed more than two million people.

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