Coronavirus: 70 people trapped as quarantine building collapses in China

Coronavirus: 70 people trapped as quarantine building collapses in China

- About 70 people were trapped after a hotel collapsed in China's eastern Fujian province

- The hotel was recently converted to a coronavirus quarantine facility

- It is yet unknown what might have caused the collapse of the five-storey building

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A five-storey hotel being used as a coronavirus quarantine centre in China has collapsed, leaving up to 70 people trapped.

The 80-room Xinjia Hotel in Fujian province was converted to a quarantine facility and being used to house and observe people who had come into contact with Covid-19 patients.

Independent reports that it collapsed at around 7:30pm local time on Saturday, March 7.

Briefly.co.za learned that nearly 150 firefighters are reported to be engaged in the rescue operation.

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In footages shared online, rescue workers in orange jumpsi=uits can be seen scrambling to rescue people from the wreckage.

I was just having dinner and I suddenly heard a loud bang and thought it was an explosion," South China Morning Post reported a man who lived in the building opposite as telling state-affiliated media.
"It was not until I ran to my balcony that I saw that the entire hotel building had collapsed.”

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According to CNBC report, 34 people were rescued from the wreckage in the following two hours after the collapse.

It is yet unknown what caused the collapse.

In other news BBNaija star, and business entrepreneur, Ifu Ennada has reacted to the price increment of disposable face masks by pharmacists in Lagos state due to outbreak of coronavirus.

According to the BBNaija star, the face masks which used to go for N10,00 a pack is now selling for N15,000. Sharing a video of a pharmacist confirming the price to be N15,000, she stated that Nigerians are their own problems.

Meanwhile, the sum of N620 million which is the second tranche of the funds needed to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease has been released by the federal government.

The release and approval of the funds by President Muhammadu Buhari was an emergency and an unexpected expenditure, according to Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, who is the special adviser on media and communication to Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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