Bei Bei the rescue dog is hailed as a hero after getting serious wounds on four paws while searching for survivors trapped under a collapsed coronavirus quarantine hotel in China
- The rescue dog found six survivors trapped in the collapsed quarantine hotel
- All of its paws were cut by sharp objects and broken glasses in the wreckage
- 20 people have died and nine remain trapped as of this afternoon, reports said
- This comes as China has seen a sharp fall in its new cases of the coronavirus
A rescue dog has been hailed for its loyalty and bravery after getting infected on all of its paws while searching for people trapped in a collapsed quarantine hotel.
The six-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Bei Bei was among the first to arrive at the scene after the 66-room hotel collapsed on Saturday evening in Fujian Province of southeastern China.
It had worked non-stop for three days before having to receive treatment for its injuries.
A rescue dog has been praised after getting infected on its paws while searching for people trapped in a collapsed quarantine hotel in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of southeastern China
The picture shows the rescue dog Bei Bei searching with two Fujian firefighters on the scene
Yi Wenbing, the firefighter who raised Bei Bei, said the dog managed to find six survivors, including three people within the first 15 minutes of the rescue operation.
‘The surroundings [of the rescue site] were extremely rough. There were sharp iron pieces and broken glasses everywhere,’ Mr Yi told The Beijing News.
‘Yesterday afternoon we noticed that Bei Bei was moving more slowly and found cuts on all of its paws,’ he added.
The six-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Bei Bei, had been working on the front line of the rescue since Saturday evening after the 66-room hotel collapsed in Fujian Province
Bei Bei managed to find six survivors, including three people within the first 15 minutes
A video shows Bei Bei and a group of firefighters searching for survivors under the hotel remains in the dark.
Sixty-two people have been rescued from the hotel’s remains as of 4pm local time today, including 20 who had died. There are nine people still trapped, according to reports.
A rescue force of over 1,000 people – including firefighters, police forces and other emergency responders – arrived at the site on Saturday night, according to government officials.
One man was pulled out of the debris today after being buried under the wreckage for some 69 hours.
A clip shows a firefighter wrapping bandages on the English Springer Spaniel’s four paws
Fujian Firefighting Department said they rescued at least three children, including one toddler, at around midnight Sunday.
The search is still ongoing with nine rescue dogs on the scene.
The Xinjia Hotel in Quanzhou city was recently converted to a quarantine facility for people who had recent contact with coronavirus patients before it toppled at around 7:15pm on March 7.
The building’s first floor had been under renovation, Xinhua said in a previous report.
Bei Bei has been removed from the rescue works to rest after the firefighters treated its infections.
A clip shows a firefighter wrapping bandages on the English Springer Spaniel’s four paws.
The rescue dog has been hailed as a hero after the story had been shared online in China
The rescue dog has been hailed as a hero after the story had been shared on Chinese social media.
‘Even though it’s a little puppy who can’t talk, it’s a hero who is willing to save humans’ lives,’ a comment read.
‘Dogs are humans’ best friends forever! Please treat them with kindness,’ one user wrote on Chinese Twitter-like Weibo.
Another one said: ‘They are extraordinary fighters too, have a good rest, Bei Bei.’
‘Salute to the firefighters and Bei Bei. Please respect every single life, even if they are just animals.’
The rescue dog Bei Bei has been give a break after the firefighters treated its infections today
Cars are seen scattered at the scene while rescue workers continued their efforts on Sunday
The news came after China had recently seen a sharp fall in its new cases of the novel coronavirus.
The deadly virus has so far infected over 114,000 people worldwide, including at least 4,062 deaths.
The UK could be heading straight for a coronavirus crisis like the one which has crippled Italy, leading experts have warned.
Pictured above is a woman wearing a face mask walking past an empty aisle in a Asda store
The deadly virus has infected over 114,000 people worldwide, including at least 4,062 deaths
Italy last night put all of its 60million people into lockdown and banned movement between cities in a drastic bid to contain the outbreak, which has infected 9,000 people.
But one scientist tracking the outbreak in the UK said Britain is following the same trajectory and could end up in a similar situation as Italy within two weeks.
The number of cases in Italy has rocketed from just three on February 21 to at least 9,172. While in the UK it has jumped from nine to 321.
The picture shows medics treat patients in the isolated intensive care units at a hospital
Globally, fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a run on sales of face masks despite medical experts’ advice that most people who aren’t sick don’t need to wear them. The picture shows people in Hong Kong queuing outside a cosmetic store for buying masks on February 3
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