Prez, PM condole deaths of Covid patients in hospital blaze in Rajkot


New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the loss of lives of Covid-19 patients in a fire accident at a hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat early Friday morning.

Terming the blaze as "a tragedy beyond words", the President offered condolences saying, "In this agonising time, I offer my heartfelt empathy for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery for the injured."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, "Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a hospital fire in Rajkot. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate tragedy. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured. The administration is ensuring all possible assistance to those affected."

At least five patients were killed after a fire broke out in the ICU of a designated Covid-19 hospital in Rajkot in the early hours of Friday, reports said.