Coronavirus Quarantine Hotel Collapses On The Sick In China

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Rescue work is underway in the southern Chinese province of Fujian after a hotel used to quarantine people from coronavirus-hit areas collapsed.

The Xinjia Hotel collapsed on Saturday evening, trapping at least 70 people under the rubble.

No reason for the collapse was given.

Another 10 were rescued over the next three hours, People's Daily reported, and search efforts were ongoing. By 9 p.m., 23 people had been safely rescued, according to Reuters.

A man is assisted out from the rubble of a collapsed hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province Saturday, March 07, 2020. Licheng district authorities said about 70 people were inside either being treated or offering medical observance of potential coronavirus patients at the time of the building's collapse.

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"I was just having dinner and I suddenly heard a loud bang and thought it was an explosion".

The official People's Daily said the hotel had opened in June 2018 with 80 rooms and was being used to quarantine people during the coronavirus outbreak.

A woman staying under quarantine at another hotel said she tried contacting her relatives who were in the hotel, and reportedly healthy, but has not yet been able to reach them.

A total of 147 emergency staff have been dispatched to the scene. The building was being utilized as a coronavirus quarantine center.

Quanzhou is a port city on the Taiwan Strait in the province of Fujian with a population of more than 8 million.

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