Authorities in southern Turkey say an explosion in an oxygen ventilator has killed nine patients with coronavirus being treated at a hospital.
The blast set fire to the intensive care unit of Senko University Hospital, a private medical center in Ghazi Aintab.
At least one patient died while being transported to another hospital.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 2 million cases of coronavirus in Turkey, with 17,610 deaths.
The fire broke out early Saturday, but no casualties were reported as it was extinguished immediately.
The dead ranged in age from 56 to 85, according to the hospital administration.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blast.
According to the governor of Ghazi Aintab, other patients undergoing treatment in the ward are being shifted to different hospitals for treatment.
The official statement said that “necessary steps are being taken by the authorities” while condolences have been extended to the heirs of the deceased.
A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to Twitter to wish the injured a speedy recovery.
It should be noted that six people died due to lack of oxygen in the Corona ward of Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar between the nights of December 5 and 6 in Pakistan.
The initial investigation report said that the tragedy was due to system failure, severe lack of oxygen in the tank which did not come to anyone’s notice, no one paid attention to it and no one checked it.
Seven hospital officials were suspended after the incident.
Last month, a fire at a hospital in Romania killed 10 patients with the coronavirus. The incident happened when a nearby oxygen cylinder caught fire due to a fire in a medical device.
In October, 150 patients had to be evacuated after an explosion at the oxygen booth of a makeshift hospital for coronavirus patients in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk caught fire.