Hospital fire in India kills at least 15 COVID-19 patients

 Hospital fire in India kills at least 15 COVID-19 patients

At least 15 COVID-19 patients were killed in India when a hospital fire broke out Saturday, amid a devastating second wave of infections ravaging the country.

Dozens of other patients at the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch were rescued, police said.

A wreath lies on the coffin of a COVID-19 victim before his cremation in Jammu, India.
India’s hospitals have seen a surge in patients as COVID-19 has spiked in the country.
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The flames broke out in the COVID-19 ward, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to officials.

The tragedy comes a week after 13 COVID-19 patients died when an intensive care unit outside Mumbai caught fire.

On Friday, the State Department implemented travel restrictions to India over the surging coronavirus cases there.

A relative of a person who died of COVID-19 mourns at a crematorium in Jammu.
Almost 30 COVID-19 patients have died in India due to hospital fires over the last week.
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The country’s hospitals and morgues have been overflowing, while families scramble for increasingly scarce medicines and oxygen.

With Post wires