A fire in a COVID-19 hospital room in western India has killed 18 patients while the country, which is fighting the world’s largest epidemic, has been vaccinating the elderly despite the fact that some countries say they do not have enough jabs.
India on Saturday set another world record with 401,993 new cases of coronavirus, which cost more than 19.1 million. Another 3,523 people have died in the past 24 hours, raising 211,853 people, according to the Ministry of Health. Experts believe that all these numbers are small.
The fire broke out in the COVID-19 ward on the ground and was extinguished within an hour, police said. The cause was investigated.
It started at midnight in the intensive care unit of Patel Welfare Hospital, a designated COVID-19 facility, in Bharuch, 185km (115 miles) north of the commercial capital, Ahmedabad.
“Sixteen patients and two co-workers died in the blaze. Two of them died in the fire and smoke, “said RV Chudasama, Bharuch police chief.” Preliminary investigations show the fire was caused by a short period of time. “
Local media footage showed pictures of the hospital that was destroyed by the fire.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet “he felt the pain and loss of life as a result of a fire at a hospital in Bharuch”.
Downloaded and lost lives due to fire at a hospital in Bharuch. Comfort for bereaved families.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 1, 2021
Another 31 patients at Welfare Hospital were rescued by hospital staff and firefighters and their condition has not changed, said BM Parmar.
On April 23, a fire in the intensive care unit killed 13 COVID-19 patients in the Virar area outside Mumbai.
In the wake of the unprecedented influx of hospitals and crematoriums, the Modi government has called the epidemic “a crisis of more than a century”.
Modi held a cabinet meeting on Friday to discuss ways to save the country’s health system by increasing hospital beds, solving problems in vaccination, storage and transmission of air, and addressing shortages of essential medicines.
Video footage shows a woman breathing hard in her car as her family watches a hospital bed outside New Delhi.
A 33-year-old woman could not be accommodated at three hospitals and died in a car crash on Friday, India Times reported.
The government on Saturday completely reversed its anti-vaccination campaign at a major party by saying all seniors between the ages of 18 and above are shooting.
Since January, about 10% of Indians have received one dose, but only 1.5% have received all of these, although India is one of the largest vaccine providers in the world.
Some countries have previously stated that they do not have enough medicine for everyone. Even the usual attempts to vaccinate people over 45 are stuttering.
The Maharashtra region will not start on Saturday. Satyender Jain, health minister in New Delhi, said earlier this week the city did not have enough vaccinations between 18 and 44 people.
Australian nationals and expatriates living in India will be barred from entering Australia from Monday and those who disobey will be fined and imprisoned, officials say. The emergency court, which was handed down late Friday, is the first time Australia has made a mistake for its citizens to return home.
The US, meanwhile, has joined a growing list of travel restrictions from India, says the White House, citing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of dangerous strains of coronavirus.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke Monday with Modi about economic growth and promised to send aid immediately. This week, the US began supplying drugs, rapid viral testing, and oxygen to India, as well as other necessary equipment in India to assist in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, a team of health professionals should sit down soon to help Indian health care providers to reduce the spread of the virus.
Other countries have also sent aid, and the Indian military piloted oxygen planes from Singapore, Dubai and Thailand.