The state of Maharashtra saw such a second crash within two days after 22 patients died at another hospital when their oxygen supplies ran out. after a leak in the tank.
India is reporting record coronavirus infections – and deaths – amid huge medical hypoxia and hospital beds as an alarming second wave of the virus dominates The country’s fragile, under-funded health care system.
On Friday, the world’s second most populous country reported a one-day high with nearly 332,730 new cases and 2,263 deaths, according to Health Department data.
Hospitals across northern and western India, including the capital New Delhi, say they are running out of oxygen supplies and are running low.
Here are the latest updates:
Fire killed 13 COVID-19 patients at Indian hospital
An official said a fire in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in the western Indian state of Maharashtra left 13 COVID-19 patients dead.
Dilip Shah, CEO of Vijay Vallabh Hospital in the Virar region, about 70 kilometers north of Mumbai, said the fire on the second floor of the hospital was extinguished and that some patients needed oxygen. were transferred to nearby hospitals.
Shah said there were 90 patients in the hospital and the cause of the fire was being investigated.
On Wednesday, 24 patients using a COVID-19 ventilator died at a hospital in Nashik, another city in the state of Maharashtra, when their oxygen supplies were interrupted due to a leaking supply line.
Canada bans flights from India and Pakistan
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Canada has banned all flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days due to the increasing wave of COVID-19 infections in the region.
The ban began late Thursday, hours after India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections in the previous 24 hours. Cargo flights from India and Pakistan will continue.
More than a million people living in Canada are of Indian descent, while 100,000 Canadians are of Pakistani ancestry.