At least 10 people have been killed in a fire at a Romanian hospital treating Covid-19 patients. Many were on ventilators. The blaze broke out in an intensive care unit treating a total of 16 coronavirus patients at the Piatra Neamt County Emergency Hospital. Other Covid patients being treated at the hospital were being transferred to another facility in the city of Iasi. „I am deeply saddened by the death of the patients in the intensive care unit and I send my condolences and much strength to their families in these difficult times,” Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said in a statement on Saturday. A doctor who tried to rescue the patients suffered burns on 40% of his body. He was transferred to a foreign hospital for adequate treatment.
Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban called the doctor a hero. Nelu Tataru, Romania’s Minister of Health, said the cause of the fire is being investigated and he’s waiting for the results to come in from the Regional Emergency Department (ISU) and the General Prosecutor’s Office. He believes the fire was “most likely triggered by a short circuit”. On Saturday, Romania had 353,185 confirmed cases of the virus and 8,813 Covid-19 related deaths since the pandemic started. The country suffers from a severe shortage of doctors, especially in small towns.