The quarantine camp is located on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei province, which surrounds the country’s capital Beijing.
The virus has spread extensively in China, with most of the countries becoming common. However, suddenly increased The cases have shocked authorities and raised further concerns from Lunar New Year, the county’s most important annual festival, during which hundreds of millions of people are expected to visit family members.
In Shijiazhuang, where the outbreak is concentrated, authorities have launched large-scale trials and strict lockdowns, moving entire villages to centralized quarantine facilities in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.
Confirmed Kovid-19 patients at the new quarantine camp will have close contact, as officials continue an extensive contact tracing and testing program.
It was originally planned to house 3,000 people, but has since expanded to a capacity of 4,160. Shijiazhuang deputy mayor Meng Xiangong said on Tuesday that more than 4,000 construction workers worked “six days and nights” to complete the first phase.
Officials began construction on 13 January and the first section of the camp is now complete and ready for use, while construction continues in the second phase, according to state-owned broadcaster CCTV.
Each prefabricated room is expected to measure 18 square meters (about 194 sq ft), and according to CCTV, will come with an en suite bathroom and shower, desk, chairs, beds, Wi-Fi and a television set.
Last Wednesday, a patient died in Hebei – the country’s first Kovid-19 related death in 242 days.
The total number of confirmed Kovid-19 cases in mainland China is now 88,557, while the official death toll is 4,635.
In an effort to prevent the outbreak, authorities placed Shijiazhuang under lockout on 8 January, preventing all 11 million residents from leaving the city.
Chinese state media outlet CGTN reported in the report last week that more than 20,000 civilians from 12 villages in Shijiangzhuang have been moved to other quarantine sites as a preventive measure.
To date, more than 17 million people have been tested in Hebei, with officials currently launching a second round of large-scale testing in the cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai and Langfang.
Hebei authorities are now urging residents to stay home, with authorities sent to implement measures in urban and rural areas and to ensure people do not travel across the province and into Beijing.
In response to the perceived threat, Beijing officials have stepped up trial and screening efforts in the capital’s outermost daxing district after cases were confirmed, and announced Wednesday that they would close two nearby metro stations until further notice Will give