Maharashtra Hospital Fire: In a shocking incident, as many as 13 coronavirus patients, who were in the ICU, died in a fire at the Vijay Vallabh hospital in Maharashtra's Virar.
According to the information, the fire broke out at around 3 AM in the ICU on the second floor of Vijay Vallabh Hospital. As many as 90 patients were admitted to the hospital when the incident broke out, said Dilip Shah, CEO, Vijay Vallabh Hospital.
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Chaos took place soon after the incident as friends and family members gathered outside the hospital.
The incident took place at a time when Maharashtra is battling the second wave of coronavirus and an unprecedented surge in Covid cases. Over 67,000 new cases have been reported since Thursday.
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With a caseload of over 40 lakh, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed shock over the incident. "The fire at a COVID-19 hospital in Virar is tragic. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover soon," PM Narendra Modi said.
Meanwhile, PM has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who lost their lives and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray ordered an inquiry into the fire incident at Maharashtra hospital in Virar.
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