About 50 other patients were located at the four-story hospital in Bharuch in the western state of Gujarat at the start of the fire at 1 am. By the time the fire department put it out, the death toll stood at 18 people, including 16 patients and two nurses.
‘’Primary investigations revealed that the fire started due to a short circuit in the ICU of the hospital,’’ local police official, Rajendrasinh Chudasama said.
There have been similar deaths like this one not so long ago. On April 23, a fire in the outskirts of Mumbai killed 13 Covid-19 patients. This happened a few days after a fire had killed another 22 people in another clinic, also in Maharashtra state.
Underfunding has for long made India’s Healthcare system suffer, and the outbreak of the coronavirus also damaged it more. With the rise in the number of patients flooding into the hospitals, there have been accelerated shortages of supplies. Hospitals have run low on oxygen, drugs, and hospital beds, with patients dying outside the hospital in some areas.
In the last 24 hours, India reported over 400,000 new cases of the coronavirus. Many experts suspect that the surge is due to insufficient testing as well as the inaccurate recording of the cause of death. They say that the real numbers in the country are much higher than the official numbers.
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