Response operations ongoing at collapsed hotel used as COVID-19 quarantine facility in Quanzhou, China, as of March 10. Avoid the area.
Severity: Informational Alert
This alert began 10 Mar 2020 05:05 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 Mar 2020 16:00 GMT.
- Incident: Building collapse
- Location(s): Xinjia Hotel, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (map)
- Date: March 7
- Impact: Localized business and transport disruptions
Response operations are ongoing at the Xinjia Hotel in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, as of the morning of March 10. The building, which was serving as a novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine facility, collapsed March 7, trapping 71 people in the rubble. Workers have recovered 59 of the victims as of March 10; however, rescue workers continue to search for 12 additional people. Officials have confirmed 18 deaths from the incident, though the casualty count could rise.
Increased security remains in place near the incident site to facilitate the emergency response. Localized transport disruptions are likely in the coming days, as officials will likely continue to investigate the cause of the collapse.
Avoid the incident area until officials issue an all-clear. Heed the advice of local authorities. Plan for localized disruptions and allow additional time to reach nearby destinations.