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'Save us,' Wuhan mother pleads, as second hospital is quickly opened

Rapid construction not enough to keep pace with spike in coronavirus cases

Despite adding more than 2,500 new beds in the last couple of weeks, Wuhan area hospitals are struggling to keep up with the influx of patients.     © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- A new 1,600-bed hospital opened Wednesday in Wuhan after just 10 days of construction, but the Chinese city of 11 million people at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak is still struggling to keep up with a rapid surge in patients.

The Leishenshan Hospital and the Huoshenshan Hospital, completed Sunday with 1,000 beds, were modeled after a hospital built in Beijing in a week in 2003 in the midst of the SARS outbreak. While severe acute respiratory syndrome had infected more than 8,000 people, this new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has sickened more than 24,000 people -- mostly in mainland China.

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