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Temporary hospital at Madrid's Ifema congress centre praised by WHO

Beds in use at the Madrid congress centre.
Beds in use at the Madrid congress centre. / AFP
  • Some 1,500 beds have been set up at the centre

In the worst affected region of the country, the makeshift hospital at Madrid's huge Ifema congress centre has been receiving patients this week. 1,500 beds have been set up, of which 100 are for intensive care patients.

On a visit to the temporary site this week, Bruce Aylward, head of the World Health Organization's Covid-19 committee, said that the medical facility was "extraordinary" and that the people of Madrid should feel " very proud" of its work.

So far, authorities in Madrid have created spaces across the capital region at short notice for some 5,000 extra beds.