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Ten people die as blaze rages through Romanian hospital

Ten people die as blaze rages through Romanian hospital”

The cause of the blaze was unclear and the prosecutor general opened an inquiry into the tragedy.

Prosecutors have said they will be opening an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Everyone killed or injured in the fire was a hospital patient, except one, said Irina Popa an emergency services spokeswoman.

Ten people have died after a fire broke out on an intensive care ward treating coronavirus patients in Romania.

Health Minister Nelu Tataru told reporters six surviving patients would be transferred to a COVID-19 hospital in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi.

The fire was the country's deadliest since 2015, when a night club in the capital Bucharest burned down and 65 people died. The government was led at the time by the left-leaning Social Democrat Party, known as PSD.

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The Piatra Neamt hospital will continue to run an intensive care unit on a separate floor.

News outlets reported that the Piatra Neamt Regional Emergency Hospital has always been poorly managed, with eight government-appointed managers overseeing the facility in the previous year.

Romania has reported more than 350,000 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 8,813 deaths.

A doctor on duty tried to save patients from the blaze and is in a critical condition with first and second-degree burns covering 80% of his body, according to hospital manager Lucian Micu.

Another doctor and two nurses also were being treated for burns.

The facade of the hospital is blackened by smoke from the ICU unit [ZIarPiatraNeamt.ro/AP] Piatra Neamt is located about 353km (219 miles) north of Romania's capital, Bucharest.



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