Every time there’s a mass event, we notice synchronicities that pop up, and this one recently jumped out at us concerning the coronavirus. There was a hotel in southeastern China that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center. People with symptoms were housed there temporarily to avoid exposing others. Maybe you heard. The hotel collapsed, killing 20 people.
Eighty people were inside the building in Quanzhou when it came down. Nine escaped, while 71 people were trapped. It seems symbolic of the collapse of economies and our everyday way of life here and elsewhere in the wake of the pandemic.
According to CNN,at the time of the collapse, 58 people were under quarantine in the hotel and all had tested negative for novel coronavirus. There were also 16 hotel staff and six car dealership employees on site.
The building’s owner is in police custody, according to state news agency Xinhua. The hotel was a seven-story steel structure, built in 2013 and converted to a hotel in 2018. The owner began renovating the first floor in January. Workers called the owner around 7 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 7, and told him a pillar had became distorted during construction, according to reports. The building collapsed a few minutes later. Quanzhou is about 600 miles from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, where more than 3,000 people have died from the virus.