The makers of Wuhan

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The makers of Wuhan


A week ago there was still bare earth. Two hospitals with a total of around 2300 beds are being built in Wuhan – in less than two weeks. In the new complexes, only patients with the Corona virus should be treated. The other clinics in the cordoned off metropolis are overwhelmed.

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It all started with floor work a week ago. Live streams from the construction site became a hit on the Internet. Although there is nothing more to be seen there than a static image from a distance, these transmissions are clicked millions of times, Chinese media report. The viewers have even given some of the machines nicknames based on their colors.

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The hospitals are made up of prefabricated modules, which makes such a short construction time possible in the first place. Nevertheless, it is astonishing how quickly so many workers, equipment and the necessary materials could be brought to Wuhan.

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More than 3000 workers are alone on one of the two construction sites. As the Chinese broadcaster CGTN reports, the workers initially had to work twelve hours a day. There was too little staff. Work is now carried out in three shifts a day.

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Even at night and when it rains, the construction site does not stand still. By the way, face masks are mandatory for the workers. The body temperature of the workers is checked again and again, reports the AFP news agency. As of Thursday, 179 people died of the virus in China. Officially, more than 7,800 were infected.

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Nothing works on the construction sites without good organization. By the way, China already has experience with such express clinics. In 2003, a 1000-bed hospital was built in Beijing in six days during the SARS epidemic. At that time, every seventh Chinese SARS patient was treated there, reports the Chinese broadcaster CGTN. The system was the inspiration for the two current buildings.

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The construction of the clinics is extremely fast. But the Chinese cannot do magic either. Nevertheless, some state media spread the news that the first building was ready after 16 hours. As proof, they used the photo of a house in Qingdao, more than 800 kilometers away. Classic fake news. The stand of Thursday can be seen here.

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Not made to last: Experts estimate that express hospitals will not remain standing forever. Their construction in record time is a response to the massive corona infections. Infectious patients should be better isolated and treated. The stations are not designed to be durable.

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