A fire killed at least seven people and wounded several others on Saturday at a private hospital on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo treating coronavirus patients, local sources, and media reported.
The fire broke out at around 9 a.m. at Misr Al Amal Hospital in El Obour, some 30 km (19 miles) northeast of central Cairo, and was confirmed to have been caused by electrical faults, security, and medical sources, according to initial investigations.
The hospital was evacuated and closed, and patients were moved to Cairo, the sources said, to a public hospital. Over the past week, Egypt has seen a sharp rise in the number of officially reported cases of coronavirus. On Saturday, the health ministry reported 1,189 new cases and 43 deaths, taking the total to 131,315 cases, including 7,352 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.
Due to the low rate of public PCR testing and the omission of private test results from the ministry’s statistics, health experts and some government officials suggest the actual numbers are likely to be much higher.