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Fire at Indian Covid facility kills at least 10

Fire at Indian Covid facility kills at least 10

At least 10 patients have died after a fire at a temporary Covid hospital in Vijayawada, south-east India. The fire broke out at Swarna Palace, a hotel being used to house patients, on Sunday (Aug 9) morning.

It was brought under control in half an hour and all surviving patients have been moved to another hospital in the city, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by the blaze, the second fire at a Covid centre in days.

Sunday's fire started shortly after 05:00 (23:30 GMT).

More than 20 people were injured. They have been taken to a hospital elsewhere in the city.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. An investigation has been launched.

The fire comes after eight patients died at a Covid hospital in Ahmedabad on Thursday after a fire broke out inside its critical care unit.

India has the third-highest number of Covid cases in the world, with more than 2.1 million infections recorded. More than 43,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday, the country recorded 64,000 cases, a new single-day record.

– Source: News websites