According to Beijing Daily, the Beijing Municipal Leading Group for Epidemic Prevent and Control decides on March 16 to launch the Beijing Xiao Tangshan Hospital for the screening and treatment of travelers from aboard with mild and common confirmed Wuhan Coronavirus cases, suspected cases and those who need to be tested.
The hospital with more than 1,000 beds will be mainly used to take further medical screening of people who were found at-risk in customs quarantine, with confirmed and suspected cases admitted.
Passengers without abnormal symptom after checking will be transported to their destinations by the destination providences in safe and appropriate transportation. While the others who live in Beijing will be treated by relevant local district authorities and imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival at designated places for medical observation.
[Editor Notes: As a witness to SARS in 2003, the Xiao Tangshan hospital has a very special symbolic meaning in my memory – chaos, pain and death. 17 years ago, the hospital was hastily built to deal with the SARS epidemic. 17 years later, the renovated hospital faced an upgraded version of the epidemic. The message conveyed by the report gave me a very strange mental suggestion.]