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Nine people killed in Romania COVID-19 hospital fire

Nine people killed in Romania COVID-19 hospital fire

Nine people died when a fire broke out in an intensive care unit (ICU) at a Romanian hospital treating coronavirus patients, MENA reports.

Romania’s Interim health minister Cseke Attila confirmed on Friday that 113 patients were in the hospital at the time of the fire, including 10 in the intensive care unit.

The firefighting unit extinguished the fire at the hospital in the eastern city of Constanta at around 0800, having brought in additional teams from nearby counties.

The local media have learned that the emergency response teams have installed a mobile triage unit near the hospital and 50 patients have so far been evacuated and transferred to other hospitals.

There were more than 12,100 COVID-19 patients, including 315 children, being treated in Romanian hospitals as of Thursday, including 1,364 in intensive care units.

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Romania reached 12,032 on Thursday, a new record high, and intensive care units across the country were running out of space. Romania has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the 27-nation European Union.