Explosion at Turkish Covid-19 hospital; nine dead

An oxygen ventilation at a coronavirus treatment hospital in Turkey exploded leaving nine persons killed. The blast caused a fire in the intensive care unit of the Sanko University Hospital in Gaziantep, official reports said.

Turkey has recorded nearly two million coronavirus cases and 17,610 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The fire that followed the explosion was quickly extinguished in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The victims were aged between 56 and 85, the hospital said in a statement.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the explosion.

The other patients that were being treated at the same ward were transferred to nearby hospitals, the Gaziantep governor’s office said.

Today’s incident follows more grievous incidents that occurred in the past weeks in Romania and Russia

Last month, a fire at a hospital in Romania, 10 patients died while receiving treatment for Covid-19. Reports said that a medical appliance malfunctioned and caused the ignition of an oxygen cylinder nearby.

In October, over 150 patients at a makeshift Covid-19 hospital in Russian had to be evacuated. According to the Ministry of Emergencies an explosion in an “oxygen booth” caused a fire.

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