Makeshift hospital delivered in northwest China city amid coronavirus battle



Aerial photo taken on Feb. 11, 2020 shows the construction site of a public health center in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

A makeshift hospital was delivered Monday in a major northwestern Chinese city amid the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The new hospital of the municipal public health center in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, is designated to treat the COVID-19 patients, according to the municipal health commission.

The hospital in the district of Gaoling has a floor area of 27,542 square meters and offers 500 beds.

The municipal health commission has dispatched 666 medical workers to the makeshift hospital.

Construction of the hospital started on Feb. 1, and its main structure was finished on Feb. 10. At the peak construction time, over 7,000 workers were onsite.

By the end of Sunday, a total of 1,770 people had died of the disease and 70,548 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China.