Major fire outbreak at a Covid-19 hospital in Ahemdabad

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Another unfortunate incident took place amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. A major fire broke out at a COVID-19 hospital during the wee hours on the 6th of August 2020, Thursday.

There were eight victims in total. The victims included five men and three women, who were novel coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital. They were being treated at the ICU ward of the Covid-19 designated Shrey Hospital in the Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad, according to an official of the Ahmedabad Fire Department.

The official said, “Eight coronavirus patients admitted in the ICU ward of Shrey Hospital have died due to the fire, which has been doused.”

One of the healthcare workers too was a victim and is severely injured.

The fire broke out at the Ahmedabad hospital at around 3:30 am in the ICU unit of, said a police officer. He further said that there were several fire tenders who reached the spot asap. The fire was finally brought under control at 4:22 am, said the officials. No one has any idea what caused the fire.

There were 50 patients in the hospital, 10 of them were in the ICU ward while the other 40 Covid-19 patients at Shrey Hospital were rescued and shifted to a civic hospital nearby in the city.

With 1,073 new coronavirus positive cases, Gujarat’s Covid-19 tally reached 66,777 on Wednesday. The number of deceased has gone up to 2,557, said an official.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, took to his official Twitter handle to offer condolences. The tweet read, “Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to CM @vijayrupanibjp Ji and Mayor @ibijalpatel Ji regarding the situation. The administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected.”

In another tweet, Modi Ji further announced an ex-gratia. The tweet read, “Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the hospital fire.”

The year 2020 has been a disaster. At this point, everything is unpredictable. Your safety is your responsibility. Please take the necessary precautions. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are caught up in such unfortunate situations.