The first patients have arrived at the hospital China panic-built to treat the Wuhan coronavirus. Here’s what it looks like inside.

  • The city of Wuhan, China, finished building its first emergency hospital for coronavirus patients on Sunday. The construction took just 10 days.
  • The patients started arriving at the hospital on Monday night, and were treated from Tuesday, the state-run China Daily reported.
  • The 645,000-square-foot hospital is made up of two floors and has 30 intensive-care units, several isolation wards, and 1,000 beds, the Associated Press reported.
  • It also has special double-sided cabinets that connect patients’ rooms to hallways so that staff members can deliver supplies without entering the rooms.
  • Scroll down to see photos inside the brand-new hospital.
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The city of Wuhan, China, on Sunday finished building its first emergency hospital dedicated to treating patients of the deadly coronavirus. It took just 10 days from start to finish.

The first patients arrived at the Huoshenshan Hospital on Monday night and were treated from Tuesday, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported. The patients’ identities are not known.

The new hospital spans two floors and 60,000 square meters (645,000 square feet) and has 1,000 beds, the Associated Press (AP) reported. State media said China’s People’s Liberation Army sent 1,400 medical workers to staff it, according to the news agency.

It’s one of two buildings being built in Wuhan to treat the rapidly spreading virus that has killed 362 people and infected more than 17,000 other people. The second facility is set to be completed later this week.

Take a look inside the Huoshenshan Hospital:


Construction on the makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital started on January 23.

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This aerial photo was taken on January 24.
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China geared up to build the hospital as quickly as possible after medical experts in the city described overcrowded hospitals and shortages of test kits and face masks.


It took only 10 days to construct the 645,000-square-foot building. About 7,000 engineers, carpenters, electricians, and other specialists were brought in from around the country to speed up the process.

Construction workers also worked throughout the Lunar New Year holiday, MailOnline reported last week, citing state media.

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The building contains prefabricated rooms, with several sections that stretch out from one centerpiece.

The building’s construction was similar to that of the Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing, which was built in a week in 2003 to fight the SARS epidemic.

That hospital ended up treating one-seventh of the country’s total number of SARS infections, state media said.

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The building has two floors.


The People’s Liberation Army sent 1,400 doctors, nurses, and other medics to staff the facility, state media reported.

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Medical staff members wearing protective suits at the Zhongnan hospital in Wuhan.
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Some of them have experience fighting other outbreaks, including SARS, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

All are required to wear protective suits, the state-run CGTN news network reported.


There are four types of rooms in the hospital: patient wards, bathrooms, doctor rooms, and nurse stations.

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A shower room being built at the hospital.
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Workers constructed a water-supply system for the bathrooms in seven days, CGTN reported.


The hospital has 1,000 beds.

Zhong Nanshan, a leading Chinese epidemiologist who was involved in fighting the SARS epidemic, told the state broadcaster CCTV that the extra beds would help because sick patients could stay in the hospital instead of being sent home, according to Sky News.


About half of the hospital is isolation wards, and there are 30 intensive-care units to treat more critical cases, the AP said, citing the Yangtze Daily newspaper.

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There are special ventilation systems and double-sided cabinets that connect patients’ rooms to hallways so staff members can deliver supplies without entering the rooms.

This is designed to prevent medics from contracting the virus, which can spread from person to person.

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The hospital has a lot of advanced medical machinery, such as this MRI machine. A Chinese company donated “medical robots” to deliver medicine and test samples, the AP cited a Shanghai newspaper as saying.

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Some rooms even have TV screens installed, though it’s not clear whether these are in patients’ rooms or used for other purposes.

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The hospital has a video system, installed in less than 12 hours, that enables doctors to talk with experts in Beijing, local media said, according to the AP.

The video system links doctors in Wuhan to the People’s Liberation Army General Hospital, the AP said, citing the Yangtze Daily.

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The Huoshenshan Hospital is one of two hospitals being built in Wuhan to fight the coronavirus. The second facility is set to be completed on Thursday, with an additional 1,500 beds.

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A before-and-after image of the Huoshenshan Hospital being built in Wuhan.
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Construction of the Leishenshan Hospital began on January 27. It’s due to accept its first patients on Thurday, Agence France-Presse reported.