Fire in Indian coronavirus ward kills 11

A fire in an Indian hospital’s COVID-19 ward killed at least 11 patients, according to reports.

It is not known what caused Saturday’s fire at Ahmednagar, a hospital in Maharashtra.

According to the AP report, authorities stated that they will investigate.

Before the fire, the ward housed approximately 17 people. The surviving patients were moved to a COVID-19-equipped ward at another hospital. They are now listed as being in stable condition.

“[I am] anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire in a hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra,” Indian prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
 

It’s the second fatal fire in an Indian COVID-19 ward since April when at least 16 people and two health care workers were killed, according to the AP, which cited poor maintenance and a lack of firefighting equipment.

View of a hospital's COVID-19 ward that caught fire in Ahmednagar
Before the fire, there were approximately 17 people in the ward.
REUTERS

The country in Southeast Asia has reported 460,000 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, officials from the health department believe that the actual number is much higher.

According to The New York Times, India saw a huge surge in coronavirus cases starting in March. 

Medics and health workers remove the body of a patient who died after a hospital's COVID-19 ward caught fir
Medics and health workers remove the body of a patient who died after a hospital’s COVID-19 ward caught fire.
REUTERS

There are also concerns that continuing celebrations of Diwali could cause an increase in infections.

Charred remains of the medical equipment and bed is pictured inside
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Southeast Asia, there have been 34.3 million cases of COVID and 460,000 deaths.
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