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Medical staff members remove a dead body from a vehicle upon arriving at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad after a fire broke early in the morning in the intensive care unit of the Shrey Hospital. AFP
A fire killed eight coronavirus patients at a hospital in western India early Thursday, officials said.
Firefighters and 15 fire engines contained the fire to the intensive care unit at Shrey Hospital and it was extinguished in half an hour, fire officer Yusuf Khan said.
Thirty-five patients were shifted to other hospitals, he said.
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Rajiv Kumar Gupta, a Gujarat state government official, told reporters that an electrical short-circuit appeared to be the cause of the fire in the city of Ahmedabad.
He also said one paramedic was being treated for burns received while trying to douse the flames.
Fires are common in buildings in India because of poor safety standards with inadequate fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire alarm systems.
Despite a series of religious festivals the number of new infections per day in India dropped sharply in October and November.
India's death toll from the pandemic now stands at 50,921, an increase of 941 from the previous day, according to the health ministry's website.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. India's total coronavirus cases rose by 61,267 in the last 24 hours to 6.69 million on Tuesday morning, data from the health ministry showed.
India is seeing infections spread at a slower pace than last month, when daily infections touched a record high of 97,894 cases. India is averaging more than 70,000 cases daily so far this month.
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