Fire at COVID-19 hospital in Romania: two dead – Community News

Fire at COVID-19 hospital in Romania: two dead

BUCHAREST, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Two patients died and a nurse was injured when a fire broke out early Thursday at a COVID-19 hospital in the central Romanian city of Ploiesti, officials said, the latest in a series of deadly hospital fires over the past few days year.

The fire, which was quickly extinguished, broke out around 0200 GMT and struck a room. Fifteen patients in the wing were transferred to another hospital.

More than 17,400 COVID-19 patients, including 310 children, were treated in Romanian hospitals on Thursday, including 1,823 in intensive care units.

Romania has the second lowest vaccination rate in the European Union and one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world, with a record number of daily infections in October, causing hospitals to stretch.

In October, seven people died in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the eastern city of Constanta. In February, four patients died in the capital Bucharest. Last November, 10 people died in a fire at an intensive care unit at Piatra Neamt County Hospital.

Officials have begun to regularly inspect oxygen lines and fire permits in hospitals.

Even before the pandemic, Romania had one of the least developed healthcare infrastructures in the EU. The state has built one hospital in the past three decades, spends the least on health care in the EU and is short of doctors and nurses.

Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Robert Birsel

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