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Construction of COVID-19 quarantine units begins in northern China

Iran Press TV

Friday, 15 January 2021 6:23 PM

Chinese authorities have begun the construction of 3,000 makeshift quarantine units in Shijiazhuang, the capital of northern Hebei Province, state media reported on Friday (January 15).

Hebei has been fighting a resurgence of the coronavirus for several weeks and has rolled out mass testing across the province.

State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of construction workers building the makeshift quarantine units in a rural part of Shijiazhuang's suburbs. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the project is taking up a total of 33.9 hectares (83.9 acres), and officially began on Wednesday (January 13). State media did not specify when they expect construction to be completed.

Northeast Heilongjiang Province has also seen a spike in coronavirus cases, and authorities have rolled out mass testing across that province, too.

A total of 144 new COVID-19 cases were reported in China on January 14, the National Health Commission said in a statement, most of them in Hebei, up from 138 cases a day earlier and marking the highest daily increase since 202 cases were reported on March 1, 2020.

Hebei reported a COVID-19-related death on Wednesday, the country's first since May last year.

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