CHINA Wuhan to shut down Leishenshan coronavirus hospital

CHINA

Wuhan to shut down Leishenshan coronavirus hospital

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10:22, April 14, 2020

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Wuhan will close one of two iconic emergency field hospitals after seeing off its last patients on Tuesday morning.

Leishenshan hospital, modeled after Beijing’s Xiaotangshan hospital during the SARS epidemic nearly 20 years ago, was built up with capacity of 1,600 beds within 10 days in early February.

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During 67-day operation, the hospital took on a total of 2,011 coronavirus patients, 45 percent of which were in severe condition when admitted, said Wang Xinghuan, the head of Leishenshan hospital.

The hospital closed its general ward area last Thursday and bid farewell to medical personnel who dashed to aid Wuhan from elsewhere in China. Around 200 local health workers stayed on to run the intensive care unit. 

The last four patients’ coronavirus symptoms have been relieved and they will continue treatment for underlying illnesses in other medical facilities, said Wang.

(Compiled by Chen Lidan)

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