China: Coronavirus quarantine hotel collapse – 10 killed, dozens trapped under rubble

Ten people have died and dozens remain trapped under the rubble of a collapsed hotel building that was used to quarantine people under observation for the Coronavirus in the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou.

About 80 people were inside the building when it came down. Nine escaped, while 71 people were trapped. Of those, 48 have been pulled from the rubble and 23 remains remain unaccounted for.

Most of the people inside the hotel at the time of the collapse had not tested positive for the coronavirus but were put under preventive quarantine to monitor their health.

The Fujian Fire Department has deployed more than 1,000 firefighters and other emergency responders, who worked through the night to find survivors.

The owner of the building has been arrested, according to state media outlet Xinhua. The preliminary investigation revealed that the building’s first floor was under renovation at the time of the collapse.

Authorities said construction workers called the hotel’s owner minutes before the collapse to report a deformed pillar.

Quanzhou is about 600 miles from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, where more than 3,000 people have died from the virus.