Police officers and relatives stand open air a sanatorium the attach a fireplace broke out inner an intensive Care Unit (ICU) treating patients infected with the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer
AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) – Eight COVID-19 patients died in a fireplace that broke out within the intensive care ward of a non-public sanatorium in India’s western city of Ahmedabad early on Thursday, officials stated as they launched a probe into the incident.
Police stopped offended relatives from getting into the Shrey Smartly being facility within the Gujarat utter capital after the tragedy which, per emergency companies and products, used to be precipitated by a medical workers member’s non-public conserving tools (PPE) catching alight.
“A staffer whose PPE caught hearth ran out of the ward to douse it however the hearth spread quick to your total ward,” stated Rajesh Bhatt, extra chief hearth officer of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Products and companies.
“5 men and three girls, who were undergoing treatment for the radical coronavirus were now no longer ready to flee… they died attributable to smoke and warmth precipitated by the hearth,” he stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet stated “he used to be saddened by the tragic sanatorium hearth” in his dwelling utter.
In Mumbai, India’s monetary capital, sanatorium workers waded thru corridors flooded with rain water to enter wards following torrential monsoon season downpours.
India’s coronavirus cases rose by 56,282 on Thursday, taking the total to 1.96 million collectively with 40,699 deaths.
Writing by Rupam Jain, Bettering by Simon Cameron-Moore