Ahmedabad: Officials said that at least 16 Covid-19 patients and two nurses died in a series of hospital fires in India due to the collapse of India’s healthcare system due to a surge in cases.
When the fire started at 1:00 am (0730 GMT), there were still about 50 patients in the four-story hospital in Baru, western Gujarat. It has since been launched.
The death toll stood at 18, local police official Rajendrasinh Chudasama told AFP, “including 16 patients and two nurses.”
“Primary investigation revealed that the fire started due to a short-circuit in the ICU of the hospital,” he said.
On April 23 a fire on the outskirts of Mumbai killed 13 Covid-19 patients, a few days after another blaze left 22 people dead at another clinic, also in Maharashtra state.
India’s healthcare system has been lacking funds for a long time. The new virus outbreak has caused severe shortages of oxygen, medicines and hospital beds, and patients have died outside hospitals in certain areas.
On Saturday India reported over 400,000 new Covid cases in 24 hours for the first time, the first country to do so in the pandemic, official data showed.
Many experts suspect that the true number is much higher due to insufficient testing and incorrectly recorded causes of death.