Hotel reportedly being used as coronavirus quarantine collapses with 70 trapped

A five-storey hotel reportedly housing quarantined coronavirus patients has collapsed in China leaving up to 70 people trapped under the rubble.

The Xinjia Hotel in the city Quanzhou collapsed just after 7pm local time on Saturday, according to local media reports.

At least 34 people have been pulled from the rubble with around 36 more feared to be trapped underneath.

Video from the scene shows emergency workers combing through the wreckage in a bid to save victims.

It is not yet clear what caused the building to collapse.

State media confirmed that the hotel had been used to observe people who had come into close contact with coronavirus patients.

The hotel was built in 2018 for business travellers and has at least 80 rooms.

The number of people infected with coronavirus has surpassed 102,000 across the world and caused 3,480 deaths.

The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far is 80,651.

The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China was 3,070 as of the end of Friday, up by 28 from the previous day.

The central province of Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 28 new deaths. In the provincial capital of Wuhan, 21 people died.

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