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Five killed in fire at Covid-19 hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot

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At least five people were charred to death and several others were injured in a large fire past midnight Friday at a private hospital designated for Covid-19 patients in Rajkot, authorities said, in what was the seventh such incident in Gujarat. in the last three months. .

The fire broke out at 1 a.m. in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Uday Shivanand Hospital, which was designated a Covid-19 facility in September, following a short circuit in equipment, an official said.

While three people died at the scene, two others later succumbed to burns. Another six ICU patients were rescued by hospital staff and firefighters. About 33 patients were admitted to the hospital. The Supreme Court took notice of the incident and described it as “shocking”. The court said this is “something very serious” and requested a report from the Gujarat government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted their condolences to the grieving families, while Congressional Leader Rahul Gandhi called for an investigation into such hospital fires.

Gujarat Prime Minister Vijay Rupani ordered an investigation into the incident and announced ₹ 4 lakh compensation to the relatives of the deceased. Rajkot Municipal Commissioner Udit Agarwal said: “The fire was caused by a spark in the ICU and we are waiting for the coroner [reports]. “

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