India hospital fire kills 13 in Covid oxygen crisis – KBC


At least 13 patients have died after a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of an Indian hospital treating Covid patients near Mumbai.

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The fire, which took place early Friday, was extinguished and four survivors have been transferred to nearby hospitals, officials said.

The event comes during the second wave of infection in India.

The thorn has overwhelmed the hospital, causing severe oxygen shortages, ICU beds, and respiratory equipment.

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On Friday India recorded 332,730 cases of coronavirus, the highest number of days seen anywhere in the world for the second day in a row. Daily mortality from Covid-19 increased by 2,263 records in the last 24 hours.

The fire broke out at Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar area in the western province of Maharashtra, which is about 70km (43 miles) north of Mumbai.

It is still unknown how the fire started, and Maharashtra’s prime minister has ordered an investigation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his condolences on Twitter, calling the incident “sad”.

The increase in the number of cases has led to an increase in the health care crisis that has plagued several states. Modi is due to hold meetings with the prime ministers of the states most affected by oxygen producers on Friday.

The Supreme Court of India has asked the central government for a national plan before Friday, on strengthening supply, oxygen, medicine, treatment, and vaccinations.

The Supreme Court called the situation a “national health emergency” – six high courts across the country are hearing requests regarding medical shortages.

Maharashtra is the most affected state in the country in terms of visas and suffers from oxygen shortages.

Two days earlier, 24 Covid patients died in another part of Maharashtra after losing oxygen flow to their airways. Leaks were disrupted when a storage tank was being refilled at Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik city.

In recent days, several other hospitals in Delhi have said they are running out of oxygen or are running out of equipment.

Dozens of people have died while waiting for supplies, and many intensive care units in Delhi hospitals are overcrowded.

Max Health Service, which operates 10 private hospitals in the New Delhi area, said Friday morning that it had been waiting for clean oxygen supplies for more than seven hours at two facilities.

It later said the equipment finally arrived.

Three other Indian states – Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana – are also facing severe oxygen shortages, while others are experiencing declining supplies.

Meanwhile, a travel ban has begun in the UK for foreigners from India. Citizens of Britain and Ireland will still be allowed to enter but will be forced to stay at a government-sponsored quarantine hotel for ten days.

Canada and the United Arab Emirates have suspended 30-day passenger flights and Singapore has tightened restrictions on travelers from India.

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