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13 Covid patients died in hospital fire

TBL web desk

In another tragic incident after the Nashik oxygen leak, at least 13 COVID-19 patients died in a blaze at the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Palghar district of Maharashtra on Friday, police said.

The fire incident happened in the air conditioning unit of ICU, where 18 patients were going through treatment. The dead include five women and eight men. The incident occurred after 3 am.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a probe into the tragedy, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said authorities should check if there was a fire safety audit of the hospital, which is over 50 km from Mumbai.

The tragedy comes two days after 22 COVID-19 patients who were either on ventilator or oxygen support, suffocated to death when their oxygen supply stopped suddenly due to a malfunction in the main storage at a civic hospital in Nashik.

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