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At Least 10 People Were Killed When A Hotel In China Where Coronavirus Patients Were Quarantined Collapsed

Search and rescue efforts are continuing for 23 others.

Last updated on March 8, 2020, at 10:19 a.m. ET

Posted on March 7, 2020, at 4:29 p.m. ET

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A man is assisted out from the rubble of a collapsed hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province, March 7.

A hotel in southeastern China that was used to quarantine people feared to be infected with the coronavirus collapsed on Saturday night, trapping 70 people in the wreckage, the Chinese government said.

By Sunday, 38 people had been rescued and 10 people were found dead in the rubble of the Xinjia Express Hotel in Quanzhou, in Fujian province, the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management said. Search efforts were ongoing for 23 people.

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Rescuers help a woman from the rubble of a collapsed hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province, March 7.

Security video of the moment of collapse shows a huge cloud of dust and flashes of light as the building falls. It's unclear what caused the collapse.

Security cam recorded the moment of hotel collapsing in SE China's Fujian on Sat night, trapping around 70 people under the debris. So far 40 people have been rescued.

The government recently converted the 80-room hotel into a quarantine residence, reported AP, using it for people suspected of having COVID-19 or having had contact with people who are infected.

#BREAKING: A hotel building collapsed in Quanzhou, SE China's Fujian at around 7 pm Saturday, trapping an unknown number of people under it. So far 16 people have been rescued. Rescue work remains underway.

Photos show emergency workers helping injured and bloody patients escape. They were then taken to hospitals for treatment, officials said.

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Rescuers help a man from the rubble of a collapsed hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province, March 7.

The hotel, which takes up multiple floors of the building, opened in 2018. AP also reported that a hotel employee said the owner had carried out "foundation-related construction" before the disaster.

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Rescuers work at the site of a collapsed hotel building in Quanzhou city in southeast China's Fujian province, March 7.

The Xinhua News Agency, a state-run news agency, reported that the collapse happened at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

As a way of reducing the coronavirus from spreading further, China has required some exposed or infected people to stay in quarantine hotels. Patients have also been required to stay in these hotels for two weeks after being discharged from hospitals.

More than 105,000 people worldwide have been confirmed to have COVID-19, after the disease first broke out in Wuhan, China, several months ago. Over 80,000 of those confirmed cases have been in China (and 43,500 of them have recovered already).

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