August 3, 2021

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India: 18 killed in hospital fire Corona patients die in their beds – News Abroad

Every day, India is plunged into new heights with new infections and deaths – and more and more dramatic accidents occur in completely overcrowded hospitals. A fire at a clinic in the western Indian state of Gujarat claimed the lives of at least 18 corona patients early Saturday morning (local time).

The Times of India reports that locals and firefighters have rescued another 50 people from a four-story hospital in Bharuch. They were taken to other hospitals.


The fire is spreading in Indian hospitalsPhoto: Viral Rana / A.P.

Pictures show the remains of those burned alive on stretchers and beds. Kovit had a ward fire for 19 patients and was extinguished an hour later. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

On April 23, at least 13 corona patients died in a fire at the intensive care unit in Virar, north of Mumbai. Fires are common in India, including hospitals. The reason for this is often poor or outdated equipment in the building.


Ventilators in the corona ward of the clinic in the West Indies

Ventilators in the corona ward of the clinic in the West IndiesPhoto: Viral Rana / DBA

India is the first country in the world to register more than 400,000 new infections with the corona virus in a single day. During the same period, 3,523 people died in connection with Govt-19, according to Health Ministry figures. In a South Asian country with a population of more than 1.3 billion, hospitals and crematoriums are overcrowded for days and there is a shortage of medical oxygen.

A total of 401,993 new infections were reported with the corona virus, the ministry said. India was the ninth day in a row. 19 million people in the country have been affected since the onset of the epidemic. With a total of 211,853 deaths, India ranks fourth in the world over the United States, Brazil and Mexico.


Locals and rescue workers rescued about 50 people

Locals and rescue workers rescued about 50 peoplePhoto: Unauthorized / dpa

According to the government plan, all adults will be vaccinated from this Saturday. However, many Indian states reported that the vaccine had been exceeded or had already been withdrawn.

So far, less than ten per cent of people in India have received at least one dose of the vaccine. About two percent are vaccinated.

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