Inside new coronavirus hospital ‘NHS Nightingale’ built for 500 patients

These are the first pictures of London's emergency new Nightingale Hospital – which will treat 500 coronavirus patients after being converted from a conference centre.

The pictures show how the hospital, which is being constructed by NHS staff and engineers from the British Army, is progressing as it is due to open next week, reports the Daily Mirror.

The hospital, which is specifically for coronavirus patients, is being built at the ExCel London's exhibition and convention centre.

Currently it is planned that there will be 500 beds equipped with ventilators and oxygen to treat those that are seriously ill.

The rows of hastily-erected booths highlight the scale of Britain's coronavirus cases, which is expected to peak in coming weeks.

Army personnel can be seen in their fatigues and high vis jackets working away constructing the cubicles.

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On the defence force website, a statement from Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said military planners and engineers had been working "hand in hand" with the NHS to support their development of the building.

"The Armed Forces have already been distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet the increased demand and we stand ready to assist further in any capacity needed."

Today (March 28) it was announced that the UK death toll is now at 1,019, as 260 people have died in the past 24 hours – with 17,0289 testing positive.

The shocking figures come just a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to Instagram and told Brits he had tested positive for coronavirus.

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