UK: Army Transforms ExCel to a Coronavirus Hospital with a 4,000 Bed Capacity

In a bid to fight Covid-19, the British Army is transforming London’s ExCel centre into an enormous makeshift hospital to fight coronavirus.

Together with the NHS, the Ministry of Defence is rapidly creating the 4,000 bed-capacity NHS Nightingale in the heart of the capital.

London is the worst hit with the virus so far, with hospitals already struggling to cope with the influx of patients.

To tackle the killer virus the huge building – usually used for exhibitions, conferences and sporting events – is becoming another hospital – with ventilators and oxygen.

It comes as more than 14,500 cases have been reported in the UK, with 759 people dead from COVID-19.

Earlier this week chilling footage was released showing the inside of the temporary coronavirus hospital being built for a “high death toll” with two morgues.

Worker Alex Woodside filmed inside the exhibition centre as Britain continues to be gripped by the deadly disease.

NHS Nightingale is expected to be opened by April 4, with military medics working on the site to help stop the spread of the disease.

The worker posted a clip on social media showing the hospital’s main arena, which will span 1km once completed and have space for two morgues as the UK death toll continues to rise.

He said: “To be fair, I didn’t take this virus very seriously until I saw this this morning. There will be two morgues here. If you’re not taking it seriously like I wasn’t you really need to start. Because they’re preparing for a high death toll here.”

Updated: March 29, 2020 — 2:48 pm

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