Firefighters extinguished a wildfire early Sunday at one of the Philippines’ main hospitals, which had forced the evacuation of hundreds of patients. The hospital also treats coronavirus patients.
The fire at the government-run Philippine General Hospital in Manila’s capital, Manila, was extinguished at dawn with no casualties recorded. Its origin is unknown.
Vice President Leni Robredo took to Twitter to request “big, industrial fans” to help clear the smoke caused by the blast.
Hospital authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to CNN Philippines, some patients were moved to local hospitals, including two who needed surgery and 12 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit.
According to hospital personnel, the fire began shortly after midnight in an operating room supply area.
According to its website, the facility has over 1,300 beds and handles 600,000 patients each year.
The Philippines ranks second in Southeast Asia in terms of COVID-19 outbreaks, with over 1.1 million infections and over 19,000 deaths.