Skip to main content

Advertisement

Advertisement

World

Deadly fire hits Egyptian hospital treating COVID-19 patients

Deadly fire hits Egyptian hospital treating COVID-19 patients

A general view of buildings in El-Khosous city, Al Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: A fire killed at least seven people and injured several others on Saturday (Dec 26) at a private hospital that was treating coronavirus patients on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo, local sources and media said.

The fire broke out at about 9am at Misr Al Amal Hospital in El Obour, 30km northeast of central Cairo, and according to initial investigations was caused by an electrical fault, security and medical sources said.

The hospital was evacuated and closed and patients were transferred to a public hospital in Cairo, the sources said.

Egypt has seen a sharp increase in the number of officially confirmed coronavirus cases over the past week. The health ministry recorded 1,189 new cases and 43 deaths on Saturday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 131,315 cases including 7,352 deaths.

Health experts and some government officials say the real numbers are likely to be much higher due to the low rate of public PCR testing and the exclusion of private test results from the ministry's figures.

BOOKMARK THIS: Our comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and its developments

Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram

Source: Reuters

Advertisement

Also worth reading

Advertisement