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Death Toll in China Hotel Collapse Doubles to 20


Rescue workers wearing face masks move a boy from the rubble of a collapsed hotel which has been used for medical observation following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 9, 2

The death toll from the collapse of a hotel in southeastern China serving as a quarantine facility for coronavirus patients has doubled to 20.

The death toll from the collapse of a hotel in southeastern China serving as a quarantine facility for coronavirus patients has doubled to 20.

At least 71 people were believed to be inside the seven-story building in the city of Quanzhou when the disaster occurred. At least 61 people have been rescued from the rubble, including a teenage boy and his mother who were pulled out of the wreckage just hours apart late Monday.

Ten people remain missing.

The cause of the collapse, which occurred within seconds, has not been determined. The building's first floor had been under renovation before the collapse, and there are reports that workers spotted a deformed pillar just minutes before the collapse.

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