Watch: Quarantine hotel collapses in China

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At least 23 people have been pulled from the rubble of the Xinjia Hotel, according to Chinese media after a five-storey hotel which is being used for quarantine collapsed.

The hotel collapsed in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian on Saturday.

The hotel was one of two hotels which was turned into a quarantine centre. People’s Daily reported that the hotel had been converted by the district government into a medical surveillance facility for people with close contact with coronavirus patients.

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

It is not clear what caused the collapse, which happened after 7.00pm local time.

According to the government officials more than 147 firefighters and 26 emergency crews were at the site.

According to local media, the authorities in Licheng district said that about 70 people were in the building when it collapsed. The Beijing News quoted several local government officials who confirmed that the hotel had been turned into a quarantine centre. This hotel was one of the two used to quarantine people with coronavirus in the district.

The exact number of people in the building at the time of the collapse was unknown.

Senior Chinese Council officials are also on their way to Quanzhou.

The hotel had 80 guest rooms and opened in June 2018.

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