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10 dead, 23 missing as hotel in China virus fight collapses

The hotel in Quanzhou was housing people who had come from areas hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic.

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Rescuers at the site of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou city which was being used to quarantine people in the coronavirus outbreak (Chinatopix/AP)

Rescuers at the site of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou city which was being used to quarantine people in the coronavirus outbreak (Chinatopix/AP)

Rescuers at the site of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou city which was being used to quarantine people in the coronavirus outbreak (Chinatopix/AP)

At least 10 people were killed and another 23 are missing after a hotel being used in China’s coronavirus fight suddenly collapsed.

Authorities said on Sunday that 71 people had been trapped following the collapse of the building in the city of Quanzhou the previous evening.

Firefighters working through the night and into the next day have rescued 38 people.

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Rescuers evacuate an injured person from the rubble of the collapsed hotel in Quanzhou (Chinatopix/AP)

The hotel was housing people who had come from areas hit hard by the epidemic. All of them had tested negative.

Chinese cities are isolating people from hard-hit areas for 14 days.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

PA