Romania: Fire at coronavirus intensive care unit kills 10

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Romania: Fire at coronavirus intensive care unit kills 10

A fire at a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Romania has killed at least 10 people, according to authorities.

The blaze on Saturday spread through the intensive care ward designated for coronavirus patients at the public hospital in the city of Piatra Neamt, said Irina Popa, the spokeswoman for the local Emergency Situations Inspectorate.

Seven other people suffered severe burns, including the doctor in charge of the unit, where a total of 16 COVID-19 patients were on artificial ventilation.

Health Minister Nelu Tataru told local media the fire was “most likely triggered by a short circuit”.

Piatra Neamt is located about 353km (219 miles) north of Romania’s capital, Bucharest.

To date, Romania has registered more than 353,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 9,000 related deaths.