Pictures show the first coronavirus patients arriving at the new Wuhan hospital China panic-built in 10 days
- The Huoshenshan Hospital started treating its first patients on Tuesday, according to state-run newspaper China Daily.
- A batch of 50 coronavirus-infected people was brought in by negative pressure isolation ambulances.
- They were brought in from three different hospitals across Wuhan, including the Wuchang Hospital and Hankou Hospital.
- Scroll down to see pictures of the first patients arriving at the emergency facility.
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The first coronavirus patients have been admitted to the Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan, which was panic-built in just 10 days.
The emergency medical facility, which has two floors and can hold up to 1,400 beds, was built to relieve hospitals that are already swamped with patients from the epicenter of the virus, which has a population of 11 million.
On Tuesday, the first group of 50 patients was transferred to the new hospital, according to state-run newspaper China Daily.
A second hospital, which is 25 miles away from Huoshenshan and has 1,600 beds, is expected to finish construction on Thursday, according to CGTN.
Sports stadiums, concert halls, and other local venues have also been turned into makeshift hospitals to accommodate the rising number of infected patients. These will hold up to 10,000 patients, according to the Xinhua news agency.
As of Wednesday, the virus has killed 492 people and infected almost 25,000, according to the South China Morning Post.
After 10 days of construction, the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan was completed.
The makeshift medical facility, which has a capacity of 1,000 beds, was made in response to bed shortages in general hospitals across Wuhan.
On Tuesday, the first group of 50 patients transferred to the new hospital began treatment.
They were brought in from three different hospitals across Wuhan, including the Wuchang Hospital and Hankou Hospital.
The patients were transported by negative pressure isolation ambulances, according to the China Daily.
Images, obtained by the Associated Press, show medical staff in protective suits pushing people in wheelchairs up a makeshift ramp and into the pre-fabricated structure.
The virus has killed almost 500 people and infected some 23,000 since it first emerged in December at a market in Wuhan.
The second medical facility — Leishenshan Hospital — is expected to finish on Thursday.
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