Pune recorded 135 new coronavirus cases and three deaths on Saturday. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 11,52,412, while the death toll is now 19,111.
As many as 11 patients being treated for Covid-19 at a hospital in Ahmednagar died on Saturday after a fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit. District Collector Rajendra Bhosale said the fire may have been caused by a short circuit. Confirming the incident, District Collector Rajendra Bhosale said the fire has now been brought under control and a probe has been ordered into the incident.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said stern action will be taken against those found guilty of negligence. He also asked the district collector to carry out a thorough probe and submit a report. An inquiry committee has been constituted to find out the cause of the fire.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by the deaths. Modi tweeted, “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire in a hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote on Facebook, “The news of fire in Ahmednagar hospital is painful. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. I appeal to Congress workers to help in the relief work.”