Oxygen ventilator explodes in hospital treating Covid-19 patients, 9 dead

Nine people died after an oxygen ventilator exploded at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in southern Turkey, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning and was quickly put out.

The explosion caused a fire in the intensive care unit of the private Sanko University Hospital in Gaziantep, officials said.

At least one of the patients died while being transferred to another hospital.

The victims were aged between 56 and 85, the hospital said in a statement.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the explosion.

Several other patients being treated at the same ward were transferred to receive treatment at nearby hospitals, the Gaziantep governor’s office said.

“Authorities have taken the necessary measures,” the statement said, while offering condolences to the families of the victims.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted to wish “urgent healing to the wounded”, adding: “Get well soon, Gaziantep.”

Turkey has recorded nearly two million coronavirus cases and 17,610 deaths, according to latest data.