Fire on Friday morning broke out in the intensive care unit of an Indian hospital treating Covid patients near Mumbai, leaving 13 patients dead.
According to authorities, some people came to the rescue of the victims to extinguish the fire. At least four survivors have been moved to nearby hospitals.
The unfortunate has occurred at a time that India is battling the deadly second wave of infections.
Some challenges that the country has been battling with are: shortage of oxygen, intensive care beds and ventilators. These are the results of the spike that has overwhelmed hospitals, in the country.
The recent record of the country’s cases and casualties which was made public on Friday has become a setback for the country.
India recorded the highest number of cases one-day tally anywhere in the world for the second day in a row with 332,730 coronavirus cases and a rise in daily deaths from Covid-19, which rose by a record 2,263 in the previous 24 hours.
The fire happened at the Vijay Vallabh hospital in the Virar area of the western state of Maharashtra, which is about 70km (43 miles) north of Mumbai, BBC reports.
Till this moment, there are no clues on how the fire started. Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s chief minister has ordered an inquiry.
The condolences of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who called the incident a “tragic” one, were sent on Twitter.