China seemed to score a major victory in its fight against the coronavirus by building two new hospitals in an extremely short time, promising 2,600 new beds.
Chinese state media lauded the lightning-speed construction of the makeshift hospitals, saying it reflected the “nation’s building prowess.”
Official data, however, shows the facilities have been slow to treat patients.
As of February 12 the two facilities were housing 1,136 patients — less than half of their goal.
The virus has killed at least 1,360 people and infected more than 60,000, with the Wuhan area the worst-hit.
It was probably China’s biggest propaganda coup of the coronavirus outbreak: announcing and building two new hospitals in a time frame that was almost incomprehensible in the West.