The hotel is located at China’s Eastern Fujian province. (Photo Credit: Representative image)
Around 70 people were trapped after a hotel building housing quarantined coronavirus suspects collapsed in China's Quanzhou city on Saturday, according to the official media in Beijing. Thirty-three people were rescued after the 80-room hotel collapsed in Fujian Province at around 7.30 pm local time. Around 70 people were trapped under the rubble, state-run Xinhua News agency reported.
The hotel was being used to quarantine and observe people who had come to the province during the novel coronavirus prevention and control, and had come in contact with the virus patients, the report said.
URGENT - #CHINA: A 5-star hotel that was used as quarantine for people infected with #coronavirus collapsed in #Quanzhou, in #Fujian province. At least 23 people were rescued. #China #COVID19pic.twitter.com/Faf3jPKmSjâ€” ISCResearch (@ISCResearch) March 7, 2020
A total of 147 rescue workers have been sent to the scene. Further, 1,000 fire fighters were rushed for the rescue work along with search dogs, Xinhua News reported. The novel virus reportedly first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year and has claimed over 3,500 lives globally.
The World Health Organisation last week raised the global virus risk to maximum level after the outbreak spread to sub-Saharan Africa and stock markets around the world plummeted.