Fire kills coronavirus patients in Indian hospital

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At least eight coronavirus patients died during a fire that broke call at an medical care unit at a hospital within the western Indian city of Ahmedabad early Thursday, officials said.

It took firefighters half an hour to contain the blaze at Shrey Hospital in Ahmadabad, officer Yusuf Khan told AP press agency . Thirty-five patients had been moved to other hospitals, he said.

The blaze broke out at approximately 3am at the hospital within the Navrangpura neighbourhood, ndtv.com reported.

An investigation has been launched to seek out out the explanation for the hearth .Police stopped angry relatives from entering the hospital after the tragedy which, consistent with emergency services, was caused by a medical staff member’s personal protective equipment (PPE) catching fire.

“A staffer whose PPE caught fire ran out of the ward to douse it, but the hearth spread rapidly to the entire ward,” said Rajesh Bhatt, additional chief fire officer of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services.

“Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families… Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

A compensation of Rs 200,000 ($2,672) each would tend to the relatives of victims, the prime minister tweeted.

Gujarat, Modi’s home state, is among the states worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with quite 65,000 cases thus far .

With 1.9 million cases, India is that the third-worst hit country by COVID-19. Nearly 40,000 people have died thanks to the disease, which originated in China last December.

Fires are common in buildings in India due to poor safety standards with inadequate fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire alarm systems.

Source: aljazeera

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