US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Hotel used to quarantine people collapses in Quanzhou, China; at least 34 people rescued so far, up to 36 others still unaccounted for.
The hotel, which crashed in the eastern Chinese province of Fujian, was used to quarantine those who were in close contact with those infected with the new coronavirus, the Xinjingbao newspaper reported citing a statement from the emergency department.
Officially, no agency has yet confirmed the information.
The building of the Xinjia Express Hotel collapsed in the Licheng district of Quanzhou City on Saturday at about 19:15 local time. According to preliminary data, about 70 people could be under the rubble of the hotel. At the moment, 34 people have been saved from the rubble.
It is clarified that the hotel was isolated citizens from areas with severe epidemic situations, for example from Hubei and Wenzhou in Zhejiang.
Forced hotel guests are not sick, they do not have a suspicion of infection, but they were placed under mandatory quarantine, as they could potentially be in close contact with the infected.
#BREAKING: A hotel building collapsed in Quanzhou, SE China's Fujian at around 7 pm Saturday, trapping an unknown number of people under it. So far 16 people have been rescued. Rescue work remains underway. pic.twitter.com/rK7tEagQvV
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) March 7, 2020
The hotel was located in a six-story building and opened in June 2018, it had 80 rooms.
The China Daily reported that one of the eyewitnesses of the incident, whose name was Wu, was living in a hotel opposite, the man was in his room when he allegedly heard a loud bang, he thought that an explosion had occurred, ran out onto the balcony and saw the building collapse.
The cause of the collapse is not yet known, no information has been received about the dead or wounded. Search and rescue operation continues.
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