Hospital fire in western India kills Eight COVID-19 patients
AHMEDABAD (INDIA) – Eight COVID-19 patients lost lives in a fire that broke out in the intensive care ward of a private hospital in Ahmedabad, India, early on Thursday, officials said.
Police were trying to stop angry relatives from entering the Shrey Hospital in the Gujarat state capital after the tragedy. The mishap occurred, according to emergency services, when a medical staff member’s personal protective equipment (PPE) caught fire.
Rajesh Bhatt, additional chief fire officer of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services, said, “A staffer whose PPE caught fire ran out of the ward to douse it but the fire spread rapidly to the whole ward.”
He said, “Five men and three women, who were undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus were not in a position to escape… they died due to smoke and heat caused by the fire.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said “he was saddened by the tragic hospital fire” in his home state.
India’s coronavirus cases increased to 56,282 on Thursday, taking the total to 1.96 million including 40,699 deaths.
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