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Fire Kills 10 In Romanian Hospital’s COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit

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Bucharest: 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, as reported by Hindustan Times.

Seven other people suffered severe burns where a total of 16 virus affected patients were on artificial ventilation.

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

Romania’s Prosecutor-General’s Office said it would investigate the blaze as a possible case of criminal manslaughter.

The country has reported 353,185 coronavirus cases and 8,813 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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