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China opens in new time the new Wuhan hospital to treat those affected by coronavirus

February 3, 2020
Hospital de Huoshenshan, construido en Wuhan, China, para combatir el nuevo coronavirus

Huoshenshan Hospital, built in Wuhan, China, to combat the new coronavirus – XINHUA

BEIJING, Feb. 3 (DPA / EP) –

The Chinese authorities have opened a new hospital in Wuhan City in Hubei Province in record time to treat the thousands affected by the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which has already claimed more than 360 lives.

China opens in new time the new Wuhan hospital to treat those affected by coronavirusChina opens in new time the new Wuhan hospital to treat those affected by coronavirus

Huoshenshan Hospital, named after a god of fire, has been built in just two weeks, in an attempt by the authorities to stop the expansion of the coronavirus outbreak, which has already infected more than 17,000 people across the country.

The new center, which has a workforce of 1,400 health workers and has 1,000 beds, is ready to receive patients since Monday, according to the director of the hospital, Zhang Siming, told the state television network CCTV.

The authorities plan to finish this week a second hospital, the Leishenshan, whose name means the mountain of the enlightened god.

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Huoshenshan Hospital, built in Wuhan, China, to combat the new coronavirus – getty

Chinese epidemic expert Zhong Nanshan has said he believes the coronavirus outbreak will reach its peak within ten days to two weeks. “Currently, the epidemic situation in the country is still on the rise but we think it will not be a national outbreak but only a partial outbreak,” Zhong said, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The authorities have guaranteed that the daily food supply will be fulfilled throughout the country, also in Wuhan and Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government is trying to calm concerns about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on China's economy, at a time when the Shanghai stock index has fallen 8.7 percent on its reopening this Monday after the Chinese New Year .

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Huoshenshan Hospital, built in Wuhan, China, to combat the new coronavirus – getty

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Huoshenshan Hospital, built in Wuhan, China, to combat the new coronavirus – getty

“We are completely confident and will be able to minimize the epidemic impact on the economy,” said Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Reform and Development Commission.

The latest balance of the new coronavirus outbreak is 361 dead, a figure that exceeds the balance left by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, which killed 349 people between the end of 2002 and 2003.

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