In another horrendous incident at least 13 Covid-19 patients who were taking health services in Intensive Care Unit died and 21 other patients in hospital were rushed out after a fire broke out in the air conditioning unit of Vijay Vallabh hospital in Virar, north of Mumbai, at 3 am on Friday.
The fire started in the air conditioning unit of the hospitalâ€™s ICU. There were 17 patients in the ICU at that time. â€œThe incident occurred after 3 am and within 5 mins Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation fire brigade reached the spot. The fire was put out within minutes, but 13 of the 17 patients had died by then,â€ said deputy commissioner Kishore Gavas.
By morning, 21 patients were moved to nearby hospitals. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced Rs 5 lakh each to the family members of the patients who died and Rs 1 lakh each to the critically injured patients.
Sadanand Date, police commissioner, Mira-Bhayandar Vasai-Virar (MBVV) said, “I have asked our crime branch officials to investigate the matter.â€
â€We will take appropriate action based on our findingsâ€ Date informed.
The fire was doused by 3.45 am but cooling operations continue.