Coronavirus: Over 20 people hurt as Qatar tent clinics collapse in storm

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Twenty-three staff at a hospital in Qatar were injured when tents being used to boost capacity in response to coronavirus collapsed in a fierce storm, local media reported on Friday.

Winds of up to 72 kilometers per hour (45 miles per hour) caused two expansion tents at Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital in Qatar's Industrial Area to collapse on Thursday, the Gulf Times reported.

No patients were hurt and most injuries to staff were minor, the daily added, citing the health ministry.

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The Industrial Area, a gritty, densely-populated district mostly home to migrant laborers, has been the epicenter of Qatar's outbreak.

Tens of thousands of residents were quarantined in the area after cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed among the community in mid-March.

Qatar is home to hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers working on projects linked to the 2022 World Cup - has reported 12 deaths and 14,096 cases of the COVID-19 respiratory disease.

Read more: Coronavirus: Qatar surpasses UAE in number of infections, now second highest in Gulf

The hospital’s executive director Hussein Ishaq said the incident was being treated “very seriously” and that an investigation had been launched.

“I want to express my appreciation to all the (hospital) staff who heroically helped ensure that no patients were injured and were safely transferred to other hospitals to continue receiving care,” he said, quoted in the Gulf Times.