Wuhan to follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model in new coronavirus control

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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Updated 26 January 2020

Wuhan to follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model in new coronavirus control

  • The 1,000 bed hospital is expected to pool medical resources to provide isolated and efficient treatment for infected pneumonia patients
  • China on Thursday morning locked down Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, in an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of the epidemic

WUHAN, China: Wuhan will follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model in building a designated hospital for patients infected with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.

The Wuhan headquarters for the control and treatment of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus said on Friday the upcoming hospital is designed to have an area of 25,000 square meters and will be in use by Feb. 3.

The 1,000 bed hospital is expected to pool medical resources to provide isolated and efficient treatment for infected pneumonia patients.

In the treatment and control of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, that spread rapidly on the Chinese mainland in 2003, Beijing built the Xiaotangshan Hospital, a temporary medical center in the northern suburb of the city.

The hospital will be built near the Wuhan Workers’ Sanatorium in the Caidian District in the western suburb to treat infected patients.

Construction equipment has been sent to the hospital construction site.

The headquarters said the upcoming hospital will follow the building model of the Xiaotangshan Hospital using movable plank houses so that the construction will be completed quickly.

The Xiaotangshan Hospital was built in seven days. The hospital admitted one-seventh of the SARS patients in the country within two months.

Currently, coronavirus patients are being treated in several designated hospitals and 61 fever clinics in Wuhan.

China on Thursday morning locked down Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, in an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of the epidemic, after it resulted in 25 deaths, including 24 in Hubei and one in northern China’s Hebei Province.

  • This article is based on a report on Xinhuanet


Philippines coronavirus testing to be stepped up soon: WHO

Updated 31 March 2020

Philippines coronavirus testing to be stepped up soon: WHO

  • The coronavirus death toll in the Philippines rose to 78 on Monday
  • WHO said it expects testing to substantially increasing in the coming days

MANILA: Coronavirus testing is expected to increase substantially in coming days in the Philippines, where the high number of deaths relative to confirmed cases reflects lower testing so far, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday.
The coronavirus death toll in the Philippines rose to 78 on Monday — the second highest in Southeast Asia outside Indonesia — with 1,546 reported infections.
“With respect to the high proportion of deaths in the Philippines, that’s essentially because of the way Philippines has chosen to test,” WHO technical adviser Matthew Griffith told a news conference, referring to the focus on testing only the most severe cases until now.
“We expect the testing to increase substantially in the coming days.”