Cases of COVID-19 have been surging for more than a week after trending down for more than six weeks.
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China, where the virus first appeared late last year, reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday, 36 of them in Beijing.
Such a move has long been under consideration but was hastened by months of anti-government protests last year.
Construction crews worked around the clock to build the 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan, the central city where the outbreak was first detected in December.
A man who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan died on Saturday, the Philippines Department of Health confirmed.
The virus’ rapid spread in two months prompted the World Health Organization to declare it a global emergency.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least 10 cities with a total of about 33 million people as China fights the coronavirus.
The number of deaths from the virus has risen to 25 and at least one man from a province bordering Beijing has died after visiting Wuhan.
President Donald Trump said the signing as a way of delivering economic justice for American workers.