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Coronavirus: Field hospitals treating coronavirus patients around world

Coronavirus cases globally have now reached more than 735,000, with at least 34,000 deaths.

To cope with pressure that threatens to overwhelm health systems, countries are building field hospitals that can treat thousands of patients.

Armed forces and even laid-off airline workers are being drafted in for construction and to support medics and patients.

Conference venues, stadiums, and fairgrounds are some of the sites used.

In London, UK the ExCel conference venue has been turned in a hospital with beds for 500 patients, increasing eventually to 4000.


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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern at the number of coronavirus cases with no clear link to China or other confirmed cases.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the window of opportunity to contain the virus was "narrowing".

Chinese health authorities reported a decrease in deaths and new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.

But cases are on the rise in South Korea, Italy, Iran and other countries.

Outside China, more than 1,200 cases of the virus have been confirmed in 26 countries and there have been eight deaths, the WHO says.

They include two deaths in South Korea, which has the biggest cluster of confirmed cases apart from China and a cruise ship quarantined in Japan.

On Saturday, South Korea reported 142 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the national tally to 346.

An evacuation flight carrying 32 British and other European passengers has taken off from Japan and is due to land in England later on Saturday.

On Friday, doctors in Italy said a 78-year-old man became the first person in the country to die from the new coronavirus, Ansa news agency reported.

Earlier Italy had announced 16 more cases and its health minister said schools and offices would be closed and sports events cancelled in the affected regions.

New York City is the epicentre of the US coronavirus outbreak as the country now leads the world in the number of confirmed cases.

A field hospital in Central Park, as well as a temporary morgue outside a major hospital, are under construction.

Doctors in Europe's hardest-hit country Italy have described "war-like" conditions in their hospitals as they try to treat patients.

In Crema, Lombardy, the army have set up tents, and 52 doctors flown in from Cuba will assist medics.

Brazil has more than 4,250 cases of the virus, with 136 fatalities. Clubs have offered former World Cup venues for use by the health system.

Football stadium and concert venue Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo has been turned in a temporary hospital with room for 200 beds.

Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones are among artists who have performed at Sao Paulo's Pacaembu Stadium

Construction of a field hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip began in mid-March.

The United Nations warns that poverty and a debilitated health system in the Palestinian territories would make an outbreak of the coronavirus disastrous.

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