Romania: 10 coronavirus patients killed in hospital fire

According to the first elements, the 10 intubated patients perished in the flames.

DSix patients with the new coronavirus died on Saturday in a violent fire at a hospital in northeast Romania, Health Minister Nelu Tataru announced.

The disaster broke out in the early evening in the intensive care unit of the hospital in the city of Piatra Neamt. He was able to be subdued an hour later.

According to the first elements, the 10 intubated patients perished in the flames.

Seven people were also injured, according to a statement from the hospital.

Among these, a doctor on duty, who tried to help the victims, presents “second and third degree burns on 80% of the body,” said the emergency services.

According to the prefect, a crisis unit has been set up. The Minister of Health was expected on site.

Rather spared during the first wave of the pandemic, Romania has experienced a sharp rise in new cases and hospitalizations for a few weeks.

She reported on Saturday 129 new deaths linked to Covid-19 in 24 hours, bringing the total to date to 8,813 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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