Ten killed in fire in Indian hospital’s COVID ward | Coronavirus Pandemic News

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An official told New Delhi Television that about 17 patients were in the Maharashtra ward when the fire broke out.

Ten patients died after a fire broke out in the COVID-19 ward of a hospital in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, officials said.

An official told New Delhi Television that about 17 patients were in the Ahmednagar city ward when the fire broke out. The remaining patients were transferred to a COVID-19 ward at another hospital, District Magistrate Rajendra Bhosle said.

While the fire has since been brought under control, the cause hasn’t been immediately clear, he added, saying officials will carry out an investigation.

The former prime minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, took to Twitter to demand “rigorous action” against those responsible.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also turned to Twitter to offer condolences to the deceased, adding that “may the injured recover as soon as possible”.

The incident is the last of a series of deadly fires in hospitals across the country.

In May, when the country was battling a devastating wave of coronavirus cases, a fire in a COVID-19 ward in western India killed 16 patients.

That fire, which sparked Patel Welfare Hospital in the city of Baruch, also killed two staff members, authorities said.

A month earlier, 13 people were killed when another fire gate passed through an intensive care unit on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Past incidents have been attributed to poor machine maintenance, equipment malfunctions and a lack of proper fire fighting equipment.

India experienced a huge wave of COVID-19 infections in early 2021, sweeping hospitals across the country.

Cases have since declined due to a widespread vaccination campaign.

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