26 now dead from coronavirus, more than 800 sick; China building new hospital for patients

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 24th, 2020 8:52 am

Last Updated Jan 24th, 2020 at 9:17 am

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 26 people and sickened more than 800 others, prompting China to build a 1,000-bed hospital to house infected patients, the country announced on Friday.

Transportation has been shut down in at least 13 cities, including Wuhan, the virus' city of origin, which, at 11 million residents, has 1.3 times the population of New York City.

Wuhan authorities said it would be building the hospital "to address the insufficiency of existing medical resources" and that it will be modeled after the Xiaotangshan SARS hospital in Beijing. It is slotted to be completed on February 3.

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