China hotel collapse death toll jumps to 20

  • China
  • Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020

Beijing: The death toll from the collapse of a hotel used as a Covid-19 quarantine facility in eastern China has risen to 20, authorities said, with 10 others still feared trapped in the rubble.

Forty-one survivors pulled from the wreckage are injured, the Ministry of Emergency Management said at a press conference yesterday.

The building in the coastal city of Quanzhou had been repurposed to house people who had recently been in regions hard hit by the novel coronavirus, according to local newspaper Quanzhou Evening News.

The hotel collapsed on Saturday night, with footage published by local media appearing to show the building’s facade crumbling to the ground in seconds, exposing the structure’s steel frame.

The city has recorded 47 cases of the virus.

The first floor had been undergoing renovation since before the Lunar New Year holiday.

The owner has been summoned by police while investigators work to determine whether the renovation or an original structural issue was at fault. — AFP

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