Coronavirus: Dozens trapped after quarantine hotel in China collapsed

7 March 2020, 16:34 | Updated: 7 March 2020, 20:45

Rescuers work at the site of a collapsed five-story hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province
Rescuers work at the site of a collapsed five-story hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province. Picture: PA

By Megan White

Dozens of people have been trapped after a hotel in China being used as a coronavirus quarantine facility collapsed.

At least 40 people were pulled from the rubble after the Xinjia hotel in Quanzhou collapsed around 7.30pm local time on Saturday.

Chinese state media said the hotel was being used as a medical observation site for people who had been in close contact with Covid-19 patients.

Shocking footage posted by Global Times showed search teams looking for survivors as night fell in the eastern Chinese city.

At least 30 people were pulled from the rubble after the Xinjia hotel in Quanzhou collapsed
At least 30 people were pulled from the rubble after the Xinjia hotel in Quanzhou collapsed. Picture: PA

The paper said in one tweet that “all-out efforts are being carried out for the rescue… to minimise casualties and prevent secondary accidents.”

They added: “Authorities also urged that a probe should be launched to investigate the cause for the collapse.”

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