The hospitals are both located in the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
Four state-owned construction firms broke ground on the eve of Lunar New Year, on January 24, with over 1,000 workers working around the clock to deliver the 1,000-bed Huoshenshen Hospital ready for use on February 03.
On Saturday, construction work for a second such hospital, Leishenshan, began in the city's Jiangxia District. This hospital, will have an additional 1,300 beds within two weeks.
As of Sunday, the outbreak has killed 56 people and sickened more than 2,000 in the country.
The new makeshift hospitals in Wuhan are modeled on Beijing's Xiaotangshan Hospital, which was built in a week during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003.
Huoshenshan and Leishenshan were not existing places. The names, respectively meaning "Fire God Mountain" and "Thunder God Mountain," are believed to have been chosen for auspicious reasons.
According to the ancient Chinese belief of the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth), the lungs are governed by the element of metal, which is suppressed by fire. However, a more scientific take is that the high temperature of fire can kill the coronavirus.
(Excerpts : CGTN)
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