Medical staff there will comprise workers from different organizations, such as military medical universities and military hospitals. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “Joint Logistic Support Force” will oversee the operations.
The hospital, which isn’t open to the public, will only receive patients as arranged by the local government in Wuhan.
Netizens and Chinese media shared videos showing the interior of the facility, which corroborate footage released by the authorities.
In video footage published on February 2, a member of the construction crew that worked on the hospital demonstrates that all of the doors are locked from the outside, meaning that patients can’t freely enter or leave their rooms or the facility.
“This so-called hospital is actually a prison. You can’t leave if you are inside,” the man says. “Basically, patients are waiting to die here. They will then be sent to the crematorium after death.”
The “Huoshenshan Hospital” was officially in operation. Chinese state media Xinhua praised that this hospital was built quickly, because more than 4,000 workers only spent 10 days to build this 1,000-bed capacity hospital.
Another state media China Pictorial reported that the total construction area of the hospital is 59,000 square meters (635,070 square feet). The isolated ward area is 34,000 square meters (365,970 square feet).
The other buildings inside the hospital are living quarters for medical staff and soldiers.
Another new facility built in Wuhan in response to the outbreak, Leishenshan Hospital, will be handed over to the army on February 5 and put into operation on February 6, according to the report. Leishenshan Hospital is bigger, and can accommodate 1,300 coronavirus patients.
As with the Huoshenshan Hospital, the Leishenshan Hospital will also be guarded by soldiers and only receive patients arranged by Wuhan authorities.
State-run media and Chinese Netizens shared photos and videos of the Huoshenshan Hospital.
From the released photos, the makeshift container rooms are compact and clean. Each patient’s room has a window facing the corridor, but the window is sealed by iron bars.
Next to the window is a small box, where food trays can be inserted. The box can be opened from the room and the corridor.
Inside the room, there are two doors: one is connected to an adjoining bathroom, and the other opens to a so-called “buffer room” where medical staff prepare their treatments. The buffer room has a hand washbasin and a door to the corridor.
On the other wall of the patient’s room is a large double door, but it cannot be opened from the inside.
Twitter is blocked inside China, but some use VPN software to circumvent the firewall. @Dubha3 said on Twitter on Feb. 2: “The Huoshenshan hospital is like a prison or cage. I’m worried that patients won’t be allowed to leave, before they [die and] are sent to a funeral house for cremation.”
Guyan Gonggong posted on Pincong, a Chinese social media platform, “The hospital is managed by the army, which means everything inside are military secrets. It’ll be a crime if somebody leaks it out.”
“Nobody can enter the military-managed areas freely. Family and friends of the patients won’t know if a person died inside,” Twitter user @Zhanyoutongmeng feared.
Chinese Netizens are also worried that construction of the facilities has “polluted” nearby water sources.
Huoshenshan Hospital is located on the bank of Zhiyin Lake, one of Wuhan’s freshwater sources. Although the hospital has wastewater integration equipment installed, people are still worried whether the device can effectively filter bio-waste and prevent the coronavirus from spreading into water sources.
Chinese media Economy Observer quoted Wuhan government officials who acknowledged that the hospital could be a potential pollution source to the Wuhan water supply system.
They said they have contacted device suppliers to find the best wastewater treatment equipment for the hospital.
The virus, with its epicenter in Wuhan, has so far spread to more than 20 other countries and regions. China had reported more than 200 deaths and thousands of infections, although experts point to prior data manipulation and information suppression by the Chinese regime and insist official figures can’t be trusted.
U.S. officials announced January 31 they would bar entry to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China in the past 14 days, in a ramp-up of efforts to stem the spread of the virus. Earlier, federal health authorities ordered the quarantine of 195 Americans who had been evacuated from China.
“While we recognize this is an unprecedented action, we are facing an unprecedented public health threat,” Nancy Messonnier of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a conference call. “We are preparing as if this is the next pandemic.”
The virus outbreak comes as China’s economy is already growing at its slowest pace in nearly three decades. The U.S.–China trade war took a toll on the country’s exports in 2019, and China’s economic troubles may be more severe than official data indicates, according to experts.
“This is like Chernobyl in a sense,” author and China expert Gordon Chang said, referring to the nuclear accident that occurred in the Soviet Union in 1986.
If the panic continues until April or May, it will have an “enormous effect” on the Chinese economy this year, he said. “If this isn’t brought under control quickly, you’ll have factories leaving China,” he added.
“I don’t know where coronavirus goes from here, but the uncertainty factor changes the perception of the marketplace of where you should be putting your money. You can already see the footprints of dollars moving to safe havens,” McAlvany said
“The Treasury market has been radically impacted. I look at a 10-year Treasury note moving 20 basis points in two weeks as radically being impacted. I look at gold stabilizing relative to silver, moving up relative to silver’s decline, as a clear signal that the safe-haven purchase is in play.”