Moscow transforms ice rink into temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients

Posted at 12:59 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 12:59:55-05

Moscow has turned an ice rink into a temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

The huge rink that has hosted to international speed skating competitions is now on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19.

The conversion took place as Russia's case numbers hit a record level.

The government reported more than 22,000 total coronavirus cases, 700 of them reported on Monday.

The ice rink now houses more than 1,300 hospital beds.

It has equipment needed to treat and diagnose COVID-19, including a CT scanner.

The hospital is currently treating about 600 people, with 60 to 80 new patients being admitted and released every day.

The country of about 145 million people is opening temporary clinics and re-purposing hospitals to relieve severe strain on its medical system.