Seven coronavirus patients died in Egypt on Monday after a fire outbreak engulfed a hospital.
Seven other people also sustained injury in the, believed to be caused by a malfunctioning air conditioner in an area designated for isolating COVID-19 patients, security and medical sources said.
Firefighters stopped it spreading to other hospital buildings, and ambulances were dispatched to transfer patients to other medical facilities, the state-run newspaper Akhbar al-Youm reported.
The victims died of suffocation and hospital staff were among those injured, according to local media, which said an investigation had been launched.
Egypt has so far registered 65,188 COVID-19 cases including 2,789 fatalities.
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