Workers in China's new coronavirus Ground Zero are rushing to build a huge quarantine center with 3,000 isolation units to combat a surge in COVID-19 infections.
More than 600 workers and over 100 machines work 24 hours without interruption in freezing temperatures to complete most of the isolation camp within three days, the authorities have announced.
The emergency settlement covers 82 hectares and is being built in northern China's Hebei Province, which has become the focus of the country's most recent outbreak.
When China was at the height of its first coronavirus outbreak early last year, the country was building several dedicated coronavirus hospitals and temporary isolation facilities in what was then the epicenter of Wuhan at an impressive rate.
More than 600 workers and over a hundred machines are working 24 hours without interruption in sub-zero temperatures to complete the construction of an 82 hectare isolation center with 3,000 residential units by the end of this week
A new COVID center is under development as China has been battling to revive COVID-19 cases for the past few weeks, while World Health Organization experts in Wuhan are investigating the causes of the pandemic today
Construction of the newest makeshift quarantine camp began on Wednesday in Zhengding County, on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, under an urgent government order.
At least 20,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and move to government-appointed isolation facilities since a number of cases emerged in the Gaocheng district of Shijiazhuang in early January.
It remains unclear how many people will be incarcerated at Zhengding Camp, but workers are expected to build 3,000 suites from pre-fabricated materials to house suspected coronavirus patients.
The project, led by the China Railway Construction Cooperation, is expected to cover 82 acres of land and be completed in three days, according to a government release released today. In the picture, clients are working at the location in Shijiazhuang, Hebei
An aerial video released by the state-run Xinhua News Agency shows dozens of construction machinery working on the construction site, moving materials while construction teams worked tirelessly in the brown field in Shijiazhuang, Hebei
The news comes as China has been battling to revive COVID-19 cases in several northern provinces over the past few weeks.
World Health Organization experts arrived in Wuhan today to investigate the causes of the pandemic.
In the recent outbreak in Hebei Province, which surrounds Beijing, over 20 million people were banned, immediately restricted, and extensively tested.
On Thursday, the country recorded 138 new cases, the highest daily infection rate since March 5. The first coronavirus death in eight months was also reported.
Authorities said 124 of the new cases were local infections, of which 81 were reported in Hebei Province near Beijing and 43 in Heilongjiang.
Given the brunt of the cases in Hebei's provincial capital, Shijiazhuang, a city of 11 million, the local government issued an emergency order on Thursday to set up a massive quarantine center in Zhengding County.
The project, led by the China Railway Construction Cooperation, covers 82 hectares of land. According to a government announcement published today, the "foundation work" should be completed within three days.
After completing the basic construction of laying a hardened foundation on the ground, the 3,000 provisional residential units will be installed above the platform.
An aerial video released by the state-run Xinhua News Agency shows dozens of construction machines working on the construction site, moving materials while construction teams worked tirelessly in the brown field.
The new wave of infections comes before the New Year holidays next month, when hundreds of millions of people normally travel to their hometowns.
The resurgence has already led some provinces to discourage travel, which could reduce tourist traffic and dampen consumption during the long break.
China had largely brought the coronavirus under control since it emerged in Wuhan in late 2019.
However, in the past few weeks there have been a few cases resulting in localized bans, immediate travel restrictions, and widespread testing of tens of millions of people.
The number of new asymptomatic cases that China does not classify as confirmed cases rose to 78 from 38 the day before.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,844, while the death toll climbed to 4,635.