The head of a hospital built in just two weeks to deal with the sick in coronavirus-hit Wuhan City says a “real turning point has come” as his rapidly-built Leishenshan Hospital released its first two recovered patients.
Leishenshan was built in Wuhan in the eastern Chinese province of Hubei saw the release of its first two recovered patients on 18th February, which included an 83-year-old.
The hospital, created specifically to tackle the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, has also reportedly seen a decline in the number of new cases.
Wang Xinghuan, who is the dean of Leishenshan Hospital and the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, said: “A real turning point has come.”
He added: “I am very confident.”
Wang told local media: “From the point of view of new confirmed cases I see that the number of fever patients is experiencing a decline.
“Trends of some key indicators are falling gradually and steadily, with no signs of rebound.”
Leishenshan Hospital, which opened on 8th February with a capacity of 1,500 beds, has reportedly taken in around 500 patients.
Wang said 1,700 medical workers from more than 200 hospitals spanning China journeyed to Wuhan to join the local team.
He expects the number to rise to 2,500 to ease the workload.
Wang told local media: “As a new hospital, our medical staff are volunteers from various hospitals in different cities. Even though we have a logistical support system, we are still severely understaffed in this area.”
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