About 30 still trapped after Chinese coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses

Around 70 people were trapped after a hotel building housing quarantined coronavirus suspects collapsed in China's Quanzhou city on Saturday, according to the official media here.

Rescuers work in the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020.

No reason for the collapse was given.

The newspaper wrote on Twitter that 23 people had been rescued from beneath the debris as of 9 pm local time.

The hotel collapsed at about 7:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Saturday evening.

Videos posted online show emergency workers combing through the building's wreckage in the southern province of Fujian.

"I was just having dinner and I suddenly heard a loud bang and thought it was an explosion".

Coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses in China, trapping 70 people
Coronavirus Quarantine Center In China Collapses, 70 Trapped

No fatalities have been reported in the building collapse.

"I was so terrified that my hands and legs were shivering".

According to People's Daily news agency, the hotel was used as a COVID-19 quarantine facility.

A woman staying under quarantine at another hotel said she tried contacting her relatives who were in the hotel, and reportedly healthy, but has not yet been able to reach them.

"I can't contact them, they're not answering their phones, she said".

Media report the hotel with 80 rooms opened two years ago after being renovated. The five-story hotel, which Chinese health officials had converted into a temporary coronavirus quarantine center, had isolated dozens of potentially infected people for the past month.

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