5 dead as fire breaks out at covid hospital in Gujarat's Rajkot; PM Modi expresses deep pain over loss of lives

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe into the incident. 

 

Five people died and one was injured in a fire that broke out at Uday Shivanand Covid hospital’s ICU in Rajkot at around 1am on Friday.

As per the report, all the victims are aged 60 to 70. 

Twenty eight other coronavirus patients being treated at the hospital were rescued. 

As per the media reports, there were total seven people admitted in ICU, out of which three people died on the spot, the other people were rescued, but two were critical and scumbbed while they were being transferred to another hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep pain at the loss of lives and said, the administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected.

"Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a hospital fire in Rajkot. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate tragedy. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured. The administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected," Prime Minister's Office India tweeted.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe into the incident. 

"CM Shri Vijay Rupani has expressed grief over the incident of fire at Shivanand COVID Hospital in Rajkot. CM has ordered a probe into the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the family of the deceased," Chief Minister's Office (CMO) Gujarat tweeted. 

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

 

With inputs from media reports

Image credit: Times of India

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