An oxygen tank exploded in the Corona Intensive Care Unit at Gaziantep Hospital • Nine people killed • The rest of the patients were transferred to other hospitals • Yesterday 246 new deaths were recorded from the virus - a record number since the plague broke out in the country
The hospital in the city of Gaziantep, where the oxygen tank exploded
Recently Turkey is facing a very difficult second corona wave, with new death records on a daily basis.
And today (Saturday), in one of the hospitals treating the many patients in the city of Gaziantep in the south of the country, at least nine people actually died not from the virus - but from an explosion of an oxygen tank.
Immediately after the blast, which occurred at 4:45 a.m. local time, Sanco University Hospital had to find a solution for 14 inpatients in the Corona Intensive Care Unit - and they transferred them to hospitals in the area.
"We have already performed tests at the hospital and received information from the authorities about the incident," said Turkish Health Minister Dr. Fahrtin Koja, who was quick to visit Gaziantep.
Koja, as part of a policy led for a long time by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, has for many months published corona figures that include only corona patients and the dead - without a-symptomatic calculation.
And only recently, after Ankara was severely criticized by the World Health Organization, did they start publishing the data properly - and the picture is worrying.
About three-quarters of the intensive care units across the country are full of Corona patients, after the state decided to take a weekend closure in recent weeks.
Next week, for the first time in the second wave, the state will take a five-day consecutive closure.
This, after 26,410 new infections were diagnosed yesterday, and a new daily death record was recorded from the virus - 246. Today, or at the latest tomorrow, Turkey will cross the threshold of two million infected in the corona.