Seven patients with Covid-19 died on Saturday in a fire in a hospital north of Cairo (Egypt). An investigation has been opened to determine the causes of the fire, according to security and judicial sources.
Five people were also injured in the fire that broke out in a hospital in the city of Obur, near the capital. Its causes have not been determined immediately, “the prosecution has opened an investigation”, according to the same sources. Firefighters were dispatched and brought the flames under control, according to local media.
A previous fire in a hospital in Alexandria
Egypt, a country of 100 million inhabitants, has officially registered 130,126 cases of the new coronavirus, including more than 7,300 deaths. The pandemic has severely tested Egypt’s infrastructure and health system, already dilapidated and overwhelmed by the growing number of cases.
Care unions had warned of a possible total collapse of the health system. In June, a fire took place in a hospital in Alexandria (north), killing seven patients with Covid-19 and injuring seven others.