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Voice of America 27 Jan 2020

New Hospital Built in Wuhan, China to Battle Coronavirus


China is racing to build a 1000-bed hospital in Wuhan, as the country battles to contain the deadly coronavirus, Monday, January 27.

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New York Times China correspondent Amy Qin has been reporting from inside Wuhan, China for almost a week. The city is on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. She joined CBSN AM to talk about her experience.
Medical professionals at Huoshenshan Hospital in central China's Wuhan have enlisted the help of a sign language expert to communicate with a 75-year-old COVID-19 patient with hearing impairment. The woman was in serious condition when she was admitted after being diagnosed with the new coronavirus and medical staff could not properly communicate with her. They eventually found a sign language teacher online whom they contact via video chat whenever they check in on their patient. The woman has reportedly gotten better after treatment.

Palestinian construction workers build a field hospital, Monday, March 23, to quarantine coronavirus patients in the war-torn Gaza Strip, where two cases have been reported.
The first of the government's emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients has opened in east London's ExCel centre.

The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients and will be staffed by NHS medics with help from the military.

Prince Charles paid tribute to staff as he opened the hospital via video link.

Similar hospitals are planned across the UK, including in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Harrogate and Bristol.

The ExCel exhibition space - usually used for large events such as Crufts and Comic Con - was transformed into a hospital in just nine days.

It is the first of several Nightingale Hospitals planned in England, with the latest announcement that two will be built at the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Harrogate Convention Centre.

Others are due to open at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre and Manchester's Central Complex.

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