Inside Russia's £92 million new emergency coronavirus clinic

Inside Russia’s £92 million new emergency coronavirus clinic built from scratch in less than a month as Putin warns the worst is yet to come

  • New hospital will be the biggest new build in Russia for patients with Covid-19 
  • Over half of the beds at the facility will be designated for intensive care  
  • Moscow’s main infectious diseases unit is said to be ‘packed’ with ‘elite’ patients 
  • One of them, Dr Denis Protsenko, caused a national health scare after shaking hands with President Vladimir Putin before he knew he had the disease

Russia is preparing to open a brand new emergency coronavirus hospital built from scratch in less than one month.  

These first pictures show the wards at the new £92million clinic in Moscow which in recent days has seen 10,000-plus construction workers deployed round the clock.

It is the largest of 18 new-build hospitals now being built across Russia to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, and the only one not constructed by the army.

Almost half the beds in the new Moscow clinic will be in intensive care units. 

The hospital’s opening comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin warns the public that they are still to see the infection’s peak. 

Pictured: A ward at Moscow’s new £92million hospital complex which has seen over 10,000 construction workers deployed there in recent days 

Pictured: An intensive care room at the new Moscow hospital complex. The facility is the largest of 18 new medical spaces being built across the country, and the only one not being built by the Russian armed forces 

Pictured: Three beds at the new Moscow hospital. Cases of coronavirus in Russia rose today  by more than 1,000 for the second day running

Moscow’s existing Kommunarka infectious diseases hospital is reported to be packed with ‘elite’ patients suffering from coronavirus or its symptoms.

One patient in Kommunarka is the hospital’s head Dr Denis Protsenko who caused a health scare after meeting and shaking hands with President Vladimir Putin and subsequently being diagnosed to Covid-19.

There is concern because 69 per cent of all registered Russian coronavirus cases are in the capital city.

Pictured: A view of the £92million Moscow hospital complex from above. Over 50 per cent of the beds at the new facility will be designated intensive care units 

Pictured: A ward at the new £92million complex in Moscow, Russia. Moscow’s leading infectious disease hospital is overflowing with ‘elite’ patients said to be infected with the deadly virus 

One of the patients at the Kommunarka hospital in Moscow is the facility’s own chief and virus specialist Dr Denis Protsenko, pictured, who caused a national health scare after meeting and shaking hands with President Vladimir Putin and subsequently being diagnosed to Covid-19

The new 656-bed Voronovskaya hospital is now hiring medics at boosted salaries to work at the hospital and live on the 861,113 square feet site in dormitory blocks.

Work began here on 12 March and Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said: ‘We can now undertake finishing work and the installation of the medical equipment.’

He said the scale of the project was unprecedented in Russia, with an opening by 20 April.

In this file photo taken on Monday, March 23, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right shakes hands with the hospital’s chief Denis Protsenko during his visit to the hospital for coronavirus patients in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia. The chief doctor of Moscow’s top hospital for coronavirus patients said last week that he tested positive for the virus

Pictured: A view of the £92million Moscow hospital from above with hospital wards to the right and dormitories for the staff to the left

Pictured: Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, flanked by construction workers, inspects the building site of the £92million facility 

Pictured: Construction workers put the finishing touches to the exterior of the staff dormitories at the new Moscow hospital

‘The number of workers at the construction site has been doubled,’ he said.

‘Today, more than 10,000 people work here. 

The number of coronavirus cases in Russia rose by more than 1,000 for the second day running, taking the total to 8,672, the country’s crisis response centre said today.

The number of reported cases rose by 1,175, a record daily rise, while deaths increased by five to 63, the centre said.

Meanwhile, Putin is warning Russians that the peak of infections is in the future.

Pictured: A dumb waiter, allowing medical staff to transfer food to patients without coming into contact with them, at the new Moscow hospital 

‘We carefully monitor the situation and take into account the positive and negative experiences of other countries,’ he said.

‘I acknowledge that the peak of the epidemic has not yet passed.

‘Now it is extremely important not to repeat other countries’ mistakes – and not commit our own.

‘We need to learn and make conclusions based on the position of the medical and scientific community.’

Russians are on an enforced vacation until the end of April.

‘Motivational posters’ designed by the mayor were deployed at the building site.

One shows the powerful mayor pointing his finger and saying: ‘Construction workers! We are counting minutes.’

Another reads: ‘Tired and given up? Make way for real fighters!’

The Russian army is currently building 16 coronavirus hospital.

A separate prefabricated infectious diseases clinic was also mooted for Khabarovsk close to the Chinese border.


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