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China quarantine hotel collapse toll rises to 26

Update: March, 11/2020 - 10:55
Rescuers transfer a man, who was trapped in the rubble for 69 hours, to an ambulance at the accident site of a hotel building collapse in Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province, on Tuesday. — XINHUA/VNA Photo

BEIJING — The death toll from the collapse of a coronavirus quarantine hotel in east China rose to 26 on Wednesday, with three more people feared still trapped in the rubble, according to state media.

Dozens of people were pulled alive from the wreckage of the six-storey Xinjian hotel in the coastal city of Quanzhou but 26 others were either found dead in the ruins or have since died of their injuries, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Six of the deaths were reported on Wednesday.

The hotel collapsed on Saturday night, with footage published by local media appearing to show the building's facade crumbling to the ground in seconds, exposing the structure's steel frame.

The hotel was "illegally constructed and had repeatedly violated the regulations", the Ministry of Emergency Management said Tuesday.

The building had been repurposed to house people who had recently been in regions hard hit by COVID-19, according to local newspaper Quanzhou Evening News.

All of the people quarantined in the hotel had tested negative for the virus, Quanzhou Evening News reported. — AFP

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