Coronavirus: About 70 people trapped as hotel used for quarantine collapses in China

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 seemed, to be commercial properties at street level.

The building collapsed at about 7:30pm (1130 GMT) and 34 people were rescued in the following two hours, the Quanzhou authorities said.

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.

No explanation was given for the collapse of the hotel.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the committee liable for working safety under the State Council, China’s cabinet, has sent an emergency working team to the site.