India: Hospital fire kills 13 COVID patients | DW | 23.04.2021

A fire broke out in a hospital treating coronavirus patients in western India, killing 13 patients early Friday, officials said. 

India is currently battling a devastating spike in COVID-19 infections. 

What we know about the fire

  • The fire started in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the Virar area on the outskirts of Mumbai;
  • It reportedly broke out at around 3 a.m. local time (2130 UTC) and has been put out since;
  • Of the 17 patients inside, 13 died and four were moved to other facilities, fire department official Morrison Khavari told AFP.

Hospitals overwhelmed 

India’s healthcare system has been hit by a series of disasters on top of the massive surge in COVID infections.  

On Wednesday, 22 COVID-19 patients died at another hospital in the same state due to an oxygen leak.  

Last month, a fire at a Mumbai clinic killed 11. 

India reported 332,730 new COVID infections on Friday, raising the country’s total past 15.9 million cases since the pandemic began, according to the Health Ministry. 

More to follow…

fb/rt (AFP, AP, Reuters)


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