Five coronavirus patients in Bangladesh died in a hospital fire on Wednesday, a fire official said.
The inferno broke out in a makeshift isolation unit treating coronavirus patients at United Hospital in the capital city of Dhaka, according to Zillur Rahman, a fire service director.
Four men and a woman were among the dead, Rahman said. The victims ranged in age from 45 to 75.
The isolation unit appeared to be completely destroyed in the blaze, according to a photo from the scene. Its exterior walls were completely damaged, exposing the unit to the outdoors.
A recent surge in coronavirus cases in the South Asian country has pushed hospitals to their limits.
Bangladesh, as of Wednesday, has reported 38,292 cases of coronavirus and 544 deaths have been attributed to the illness.
Health experts, however, fear the actual number of cases in the densely populated country exceeds what’s been reported.
With Post wires