ICU Fire Leaves 9 COVID-19 Patients Dead in Turkey

A fire broke out at an intensive care unit treating coronavirus patients in southern Turkey after an oxygen cylinder exploded, killing nine people.

A fire broke out at an intensive care unit treating coronavirus patients in southern Turkey after an oxygen cylinder exploded, killing nine people.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, the fire took place at the privately-run Sanko University Hospital unit in Gaziantep, which was southeast of Istanbul. 

The hospital has identified the victims as being between 56 and 85. 

The fire was quickly brought under control.

The 14 patients that were undergoing intensive care treatment were transferred to other hospitals. 

An investigation is underway.

On Friday evening, Turkey’s Health Ministry reported 26,410 new COVID-19 cases, that has increased the country’s total since March to 1.98 million. 

The figure has included the asymptomatic cases, which Ankara was not able to report in the four months up to late November, which made people criticized that the government was trying to hide the extent of the country’s outbreak.

Turkey was able to hit a record daily high of 246 COVID-19-related deaths reported Friday for an overall reported COVID-19 death toll of 17,610.


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