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Livestream of Wuhan hospitals' construction attracts 65m viewers

Amid coronavirus fears, state-owned CCTV's app fascinates 'online overseers'

CCTV's livestreaming video app shows hospitals under construction in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

BEIJING -- As workers race to build two new makeshift hospitals within 10 days in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the epicenter of the deadly 2019-nCoV outbreak, over 65 million Chinese are watching the livestream of the construction via state-owned broadcaster CCTV's app.

On the app, "Yangshipin," there are four live-broadcasting streams that show the machinery working on the construction sites of the Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital and Leishenshan Hospital, which are scheduled to be operational on Feb. 3 with 1,000 beds and on Feb. 5 with 1,600 beds, respectively.

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