A fire caused by an overloaded ventilator killed five Coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit.
The fire broke out on Tuesday in a hospital in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency confirmed.
Hospital officials have not confirmed how many people died in the accident, but according to local reports, five coronavirus patients died.
Russian authorities said 150 people had been evacuated from the hospital as the Covid-19 infection in the country increased by 11,656 on Monday.
A source told Interfax news agency “fans have reached their limit” in the Russian capital and the machine “overloaded” and caught fire.
The source told the agency, “According to preliminary data, there was an overload and the machine ignited, causing the fire.”
Russia now has the fourth highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide.
The country has registered a total of 221,344 cases and 2,009 deaths, up from 94 as of Monday.
Only Britain, Spain and the United States have registered more confirmed cases of coronavirus than Russia.
On Saturday, one person was killed after a fire broke out in a Spasokukotsky hospital in Moscow’s northern suburbs.
Hundreds were evacuated from the hospital and it is believed to be a specialized coronavirus facility.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed that a patient had died and said the evacuees would be taken to other hospitals.
“The causes of this incident will be thoroughly investigated,” Sobyanin wrote on Twitter.