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NEC to become temporary hospital in fight against coronavirus

The NEC is to become a temporary hospital. Credit: PA Images

The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is to become a temporary hospital to treat people with coronavirus.

It’s thought it may be able to treat up to 1,500 patients within several weeks.

ITV understands it will be built in three phases, with the first 500 patients being admitted within a couple of weeks.

An additional 1,000 patients will be able to follow over the coming weeks.

It follows an announcement that work has begun on a temporary mortuary at Birmingham Airport.

As of today (27th March) more than 2,000 people in the Midlands have been diagnosed with Covid-19 - an increase of 454 since yesterday.

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