18 COVID patient die after fire breaks out in Gujarat hospital

at 9:30 am
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New Delhi (NVI): At least 18 coronavirus patients were killed after a massive fire broke out at a hospital in Gujarat’s Bharuch in the early hours today.

According to the reports, there were around 50 other patients at the four- storeyed Welfare Hospital when the fire broke out in the Covid-19 ward at 1 am. They were rescued by locals and firefighters.

According to official, 12 patients in the Covid-19 ward died due to the fire and the resulting smoke while it is not clear if the remaining six also died in the Welfare Hospital or while being shifted to other hospitals.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed grief over deaths and announced Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of deceased.

“I express my condolences to the patients, doctors and hospital staff who lost their lives in the fire accident at Bharuch Hospital. The state government will provide assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the families of each of the victims of the accident,” Rupani tweeted.