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Turkey Builds Coronavirus Hospital Over Istanbul Airport Runways

Footage shot on Saturday showed cargo planes taking off from an open runway as workers continued work at the site of the destroyed runways

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Construction vehicles work next to the tarmac of Ataturk Airport at a construction site of a hospital for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 9, 2020
Construction vehicles work next to the tarmac of Ataturk Airport at a construction site of a hospital for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Istanbul, Turkey, April 9, 2020Credit: REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Aerial images released by Turkish aviation authorities on Sunday showed construction work underway for the coronavirus hospital that Turkey is building at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.

The hospital occupies two of the airport's three runways while the other is still being used for cargo flights.

Footage shot on Saturday showed cargo planes taking off from a runway as workers continued work at the site of the destroyed runways.

General manager of general directorate of state airports authority, Huseyin Keskin said, general aviation and cargo operations at the airport are continuing without any problem from the open runway.

Turkey builds coronavirus hospital on Istanbul airport runways

The hospital is expected to be finished in a month's time

Turkey's confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 86,306, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday, the highest total for any country outside Europe or the United States.

An increase of 3,977 cases in the last 24 hours lifted Turkey's confirmed tally above that of China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged.

Koca said 127 more people have died, taking the death toll to 2,017. A total of 11,976 people have recovered from coronavirus so far, and the number of tests carried out over the past 24 hours came to 35,344, the minister said.

Turkey only reported its first coronavirus patient on March 10, but has seen the number of confirmed cases rise sharply since then. It now has the seventh-highest total in the world. So far it has tested more than 634,000 people.

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