New coronavirus hospital as Army transforms London’s ExCel centre into NHS Nightingale
March 28, 2020

New coronavirus hospital as Army transforms London’s ExCel centre into NHS Nightingale

The Army is transforming London’s ExCel center into an enormous makeshift hospital to fight coronavirus.

Together with the NHS, the Ministry of Defence is rapidly creating the 4,000 patients capacity NHS Nightingale in 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.

The huge exhibition center has been converted into a makeshift hospital 
credit: Crown Copyright
The huge exhibition center has been converted into a makeshift hospital
credit: Crown Copyright
4,000 beds will be set up inside the ExCel center for covid-19 patients
Credit: Crown Copyright
4,000 beds will be set up inside the ExCel center for covid-19 patients
Credit: Crown Copyright
A dummy to help medics tackle the virus is wheeled into the new hospital 
Credit: EPA
A dummy to help medics tackle the virus is wheeled into the new hospital
Credit: EPA

It comes as the UK coronavirus death toll rose to 1,018 after 259 more deaths were recorded in one day, meaning a Brit is dying every five minutes.

There are currently the nearest 20,000 people in Britain who have tested positive for 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.

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Worker Alex Woodside filmed inside the exhibition center 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 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.

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