NEW DELHI, May 1 – At least 18 COVID-19 patients died early Saturday in a fire at a hospital in the western Indian state of Gujarat, according to local media.
The fire broke out inside the four-storey building in Bharuch, more than 200km south of Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat.
“Twelve patients in the COVID-19 ward died due to the fire and the resulting smoke. However, it is not known whether the other six died in the hospital or while being transferred to other hospitals,” a police official was quoted as saying by local media.
According to authorities, there were about 50 other patients in the hospital and they were safely transferred to another facility.
The authorities have ordered an investigation into the tragedy, the causes of which are not yet known.
India passes 19 million infection mark, with over 400,000 cases daily
The number of new coronavirus infections in India has passed the 19 million mark, reaching 19,164,969 on Saturday, with a peak of 401,993 new cases in a single day, according to the Ministry of Health.
This is the first time that more than 400,000 new cases have been recorded in 24 hours in this country.
In addition, 3,523 deaths since Friday morning brought the total death toll to 211,853.