The world has already been burdened by the unrelenting COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus, which is still continuing to spread and claim lives and destroy livelihoods. After almost all the governments of the world imposed total lockdowns in their countries, the restrictions have been rolled back in phases. This decision was rather forced by the failing economies, rather than the eradication of the Virus. Now, the people of Romania have been faced with another shocking tragedy. A fire which broke out in a hospital treating COVID-19 patients, has claimed about 10 lives.

Reports state that a fire which broke out at the Piatra Neamt County Hospital, began in the Intensive Care Unit and spread to an adjacent room. The reason behind the fire was not known when the news broke out. Authorities stated that apart from the 10 people who died, seven other people had been critically injured, including the on-call doctor. Reports stated that the authorities are investigating the case, trying to ascertain the cause of the fire. The Romanian Health Minister Nelu Tataru, addressed the media and revealed that the doctor had suffered 40% severe burns on his body and that he would be shifted to a hospital in the capital of Bucharest. The remaining six, critically injured COVID-19 patients were to be shifted to another hospital treating Corona Virus patients, in the city of Iasi.

Tataru also added that in the future, all Public hospitals would be coordinated by the health ministry. As of now, all local hospitals are being run by the local county councils, which is rendering the overall supervision of all the hospitals, difficult. Now, a separate ICU is to be run at the Piatra Neamt County Hospital, on a separate floor. This hospital fire is considered to be Romania's worst ever, since the 2015 fire at a night club, which claimed the lives of 65 people. Stay tuned for further updates...