About 70 people were trapped on Saturday after a hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the Chinese city of Quanzhou in Fujian Province, the city’s authority said on its website.
Video posted online showed orange-clad rescue workers clambering over mounds of rubble. It was not clear how tall the building had been before it collapsed, but there appeared to be commercial properties at street level.
The building collapsed at about 7:30 pm (1130 GMT) and 34 people were rescued in the following two hours, the Quanzhou authorities said.
#突发 刚刚泉州南环路欣佳酒店倒塌，伤亡情况不明，据消息说为指定隔离酒店。躲得过病毒也躲不过豆腐渣工程。档锅总有一种死法安排你。 pic.twitter.com/Ys60THDoXD
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The official People’s Daily said the hotel had opened in June 2018 with 80 rooms and was being used to quarantine people during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Fujian provincial government said that as of Friday, the province had 296 cases of coronavirus and 10,819 people had been placed under observation after being classified as suspected close contacts.