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Hotel holding coronavirus patients collapses, traps 70 in eastern China

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Around 70 people were trapped after a hotel collapsed in China's eastern Fujian province on Saturday evening, officials said, adding that the hotel was recently converted into a quarantine facility for coronavirus patients.

Xinjia Hotel collapsed around 7:30 pm (1130 GMT) and around 23 people had been rescued by 9:00 pm, according to a Quanzhou city government statement.

The 80-room hotel was recently converted to a quarantine facility for people who had recent contact with coronavirus patients, the People's Daily state newspaper reported.

State news agency Xinhua said rescue efforts were ongoing.

Rescue workers move casualty on the site where a hotel being used for the coronavirus quarantine collapsed, as the country is hit by the novel coronavirus, in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. (Reuters)
Rescue workers move casualty on the site where a hotel being used for the coronavirus quarantine collapsed, as the country is hit by the novel coronavirus, in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. (Reuters)

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