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Mom, Son Found Alive in Rubble of Quarantine Hotel

Death toll rises to 18 in China building collapse
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2020 11:50 PM CDT
Updated Mar 11, 2020 12:07 AM CDT
Mom, Son Found Safe 52 Hours After Hotel Collapse
In this March 8, 2020, photo, rescuers pull a young child out from the rubble of a collapsed hotel on a stretcher in Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province.   (Chinatopix Via AP)

(Newser) – A 10-year-old boy and his mother have been rescued 52 hours after being trapped in the collapse of a virus quarantine site in southeastern China. Video released by rescuers showed the two being pulled from the debris of the hotel that collapsed on Saturday. The location of the boy and woman was discovered late Monday night and they were freed around midnight after three hours of painstaking digging. The hotel in the city of Quanzhou had been a quarantine site for people exposed to the new coronavirus.

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The death toll in the collapse rose to 18 on Tuesday, with 12 people missing. A total of 71 people had been inside the hotel when it crumbled in mere seconds, the AP reports. The cause is still under investigation, although structural work being done on the lower level is suspected. Most parts of China are quarantining people from high-risk areas, or even those who traveled abroad or simply outside their home regions areas, for 14 days.

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