Hotel being used as COVID-19 quarantine facility collapses in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, March 7. Dozens trapped. Avoid the area.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 07 Mar 2020 16:07 GMT and is scheduled to expire 07 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Building collapse
  • Location(s): Quanzhou, Fujian Province (map)
  • Date: March 7
  • Impact: Localized business and transport disruptions

Summary
The Xinjia Hotel in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, collapsed March 7. Authorities report that they have rescued 34 people, but a further 70 remain trapped in the rubble. Police have cordoned off the area while the emergency response is ongoing. There have been no confirmed casualties, though these are likely, given the nature of the incident.

The hotel was being used as a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine facility at the time of the incident; no guests were staying there. It is unclear what caused the building to collapse.

Advice
Avoid the incident area through early March 8. Anticipate localized disruptions, and heed the advice of local authorities.

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