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8 COVID-19 patients dead as fire breaks out at hospital in Ahmedabad

8 COVID-19 patients dead as fire breaks out at hospital in Ahmedabad

GUJARAT: At least 8 patients lost their lives after a fire broke out at Shrey Hospital in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.

The hospital in Navrangpura is dedicated for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Around 40 other patients were shifted to other hospitals after the fire broke out at the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in his home state.

“Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to CM  @vijayrupanibjp Ji and Mayor @ibijalpatel Ji regarding the situation. Administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected (sic),” Modi tweeted this morning.

“Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the hospital fire,” a tweet by the Prime Minister’s office read.

Sources said the blaze broke out due to a short circuit. The bodies of the eight patients have been taken for postmortem.

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