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Turkey: Construction begins on coronavirus field hospital at Ataturk Airport01:36

Turkey: Construction begins on coronavirus field hospital at Ataturk Airport

Turkey, Istanbul
April 08, 2020 at 16:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Construction has started on a field hospital set up for COVID-19 patients near the decommissioned Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Footage from Wednesday shows construction vehicles preparing the site for the 1,000-bed hospital.

The field hospital is one of two coronavirus hospitals being developed in the city. Along with the aforementioned Ataturk Airport site, another hospital will be built in the Sancaktepe district on the Asian side of the city. Building began on the Sancaktepe site on Tuesday.

"We will complete them quickly within 45 days and open them to the service of our people," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech on Monday.

The announcement came as the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths spiked over the past week in Turkey, which reported its first case in March.

As of Wednesday, Turkey has over 34,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 725 people having died after testing positive according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Turkey: Construction begins on coronavirus field hospital at Ataturk Airport01:36
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Construction has started on a field hospital set up for COVID-19 patients near the decommissioned Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Footage from Wednesday shows construction vehicles preparing the site for the 1,000-bed hospital.

The field hospital is one of two coronavirus hospitals being developed in the city. Along with the aforementioned Ataturk Airport site, another hospital will be built in the Sancaktepe district on the Asian side of the city. Building began on the Sancaktepe site on Tuesday.

"We will complete them quickly within 45 days and open them to the service of our people," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech on Monday.

The announcement came as the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths spiked over the past week in Turkey, which reported its first case in March.

As of Wednesday, Turkey has over 34,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 725 people having died after testing positive according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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