Just last week, we reported how China was rushing to build a dedicated hospital in just six days with 1,000 beds for those affected by the coronavirus. Now it seems they simply have achieved the lofty goal in nine days, according to Business Insider.
A similar hospital had been set up in Beijing back in 2003 during the SARS virus and was successfully built in seven days. The Xiaotangshan Hospital was hailed at the time as a "miracle in the history of medicine" by the country's media.
Mission complete! 110s time-lapse video shows the construction of Wuhan’s Huoshenshan Hospital from Jan 23 to Feb 2. pic.twitter.com/cIw7SjxqHx— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) February 2, 2020
Now, Wuhan has announced they managed to build their coronavirus hospital in just eight days, which is an equally impressive achievement. The hospital is called the Huoshenshan Hospital and has an area of 25,000 square meters.
It includes a total of 1,000 beds and will be operated by a staff of 1,400 people.
#BREAKING Construction work of Huoshenshan Hospital, #Wuhan's makeshift hospital built for treating pneumonia patients infected with the novel #coronavirus completed Sunday morning; the hospital will officially start services from Monday pic.twitter.com/njpeB8xqmG— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) February 2, 2020
According to the Chinese state media China Global Television Network (CGTN.), the construction of the Huoshenshan Hospital began on January 23 and was completed on Sunday morning.
Now, the hospital will begin admitting patients as early as Monday Morning.
Chinese authorities have now turned their sights toward a second emergency hospital, 25 miles away from Huoshenshan Hospital, which will be called Leishenshan Hospital.
With a capacity of 1,600 beds, it is expected to open on Wednesday, according to CGTN.
Part of the reason the Chinese can build hospitals so quickly is because of their reliance on a top-down mobilization approach. "They can overcome bureaucratic nature and financial constraints and are able to mobilize all of the resources," Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told BBC.
"China has a record of getting things done fast even for monumental projects like this," Huang added.