Fire kills 10 in Romanian COVID-19 hospital

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Prosecutors said they were investigating the cause of the fire.

Bucharest:

Ten people died on Saturday in a fire in a Romanian hospital that treated coronavirus patients, the country’s agency for emergency situations (ISU) said.

The fire broke out in the intensive care unit of the Piatra Neamt District Hospital and spread to an adjoining room. It is unclear what triggered it, officials said.

Seven other people were injured and in critical condition, including the on-call doctor.

Prosecutors said they were investigating the cause of the fire.

Health Minister Nelu Tataru told reporters that six surviving patients would be transferred to a COVID-19 hospital in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi.

The injured doctor, who severely burned 40% of his body, would be rushed to a hospital in the capital, Bucharest, Tataru said.

“In future legislation, all public hospitals will be coordinated by the Ministry of Health,” said Tataru without going into detail. Local hospitals are currently run by district councils, making overall health system monitoring difficult.

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Tataru said Piatra Neamt Hospital will continue to operate an intensive care unit on a separate floor.

The fire was the deadliest in the country since 2015, when a nightclub in the capital Bucharest burned down, killing 65 people.

This fire sparked mass protests across Romania against the transplant culture and the country’s lack of accountability.

Romania, which has one of the least developed health infrastructures in the European Union, has reported 353,185 coronavirus cases and 8,813 deaths.

Almost 13,000 people with COVID-19 were in hospital across Romania on Saturday, 1,172 of them in intensive care units.

(This story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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