ROMANIA was hit by tragedy when a hospital treating coronavirus patients caught on fire, killed at least 10 people with several others seriously injured.
The fire-blaze broke out in the intensive care unit of the public hospital in the north-eastern city of Piatra Neamt.
One doctor who tried to rescue patients is said to be in a critical condition after suffering serious burns.
The injured doctor, who is said to have suffered severe burning to most of his body, was being transferred to the capital, Bucharest, by a military plane, local media report.
Romania’s Health Minister Nelu Tataru told local media the fire was “most likely triggered by a short circuit”.
The fire was believed to have spread quickly after it was fed oxygen by the supplies used to intubate patients, the health ministry said.
“There are other medical staff who suffered burns, not only the doctor on duty,” Mr Tataru said, adding that he was heading to Piatra Neamt following the incident at the hospital on Saturday evening.
Mr Tataru added that other Covid patients being treated at the hospital were being transferred to another facility in the city of Iasi.
Romania has reported more than 350,000 cases of coronavirus and 8,813 deaths.