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.
#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 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.
#BREAKING: A five-storey hotel in Quanzhou in the Fujian province suddenly collapses on March 7 evening. Several Chinese media outlets say that the hotel is currently being used as a quarantine site for #COVIDー19. About a dozen have been rescued. Internet video. pic.twitter.com/dMIJivGXlI— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) March 7, 2020