LIVE UPDATES: Many patients killed after fire breaks out at ICU of COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat; other top stories of Friday


At least five people have died after a fire broke out at the Intensive Care Unit of a COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat‘s Rajkot. According to officials, 22 people have been rescued so far. 

COVID-19 hospital

The incident at Rajkot’s Uday Shivanand Hospital took place at around 1 AM on Friday morning. There were at least 33 patients in the hospital when the fire took place.

Fire brigade official J B Theva was quoted as saying, “We rushed to the spot and rescued 30 patients after a call informing them about the fire was received. Three patients died inside the ICU.”

In August, at least eight COVID-19 patients had died after a fire broke out at Ahmedabad’s Shrey Hospital in Gujarat’s business capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hails from Gujarat, had condoled the death of the COVID-19 positive victims.

LIVE UPDATES ON this story and other top stories of today will appear below:

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16:14 PM: Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (#PDP) chief #MehboobaMufti was barred by the authorities from holding a press conference at her residence in #Srinagar on Friday. A large number of policemen were deployed outside her residence. (IANS)

15:05 PM: Delhi Police confirms protesting farmers allowed entry into national capital, can hold protest at Burari ground. (PTI)

14:28 PM: Moradabad: Farmers block Delhi-Lucknow highway in support of ‘Chalo Delhi’ protest march. “We are protesting against the new farm laws. We will keep blocking the road until the govt pays heed to our needs,” says a protestor. (ANI)

14:08 PM: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari tenders resignation as West Bengal transport minister: Sources. (PTI)

13:02 PM: The #Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Hetero, one of India’s generic pharmaceutical companies, have agreed to produce in India over 100 million doses per year of Sputnik V #Covid-19 vaccine in India. (IANS)

12:27 PM: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh urges the Centre to immediately initiate talks with Kisan Unions to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders: Chief Minister’s Office. (ANI)

11:37 AM: Bombay HC sets aside BMC notices to Kangana Ranaut issued on 7th & 9th Sept, calls demolition at her place as action with malafide intent. HC has also orders that a valuer will be appointed to ascertain damages caused due to demolition. (ANI)

11:32 AM: #Delhi Police resorted to firing tear gas shells to disperse protesting farmers as they reached Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border) on Friday. (IANS)

10:37 AM: Single day rise of 43,082 new COVID-19 cases, 492 fatalities push India’s virus caseload to 93,09,787, death toll to 1,35,715: Govt. (PTI)

09:53 AM: A MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea met with an accident at about 1700 hrs on 26 Nov 20. One pilot recovered and search by air and surface units in progress for the second pilot. An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident: Indian Navy. (ANI)

08:09 AM: Bombay High Court to pronounce judgment today at 11 AM on the writ petition filed by Kangana challenging the demolition of her bungalow by the Mumbai civic body the BMC. A bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla had stayed the demolition process. (Livelaw)

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