Two coronavirus patients have died at a hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman, after a short circuit cut power to the facility’s intensive care unit, the country’s health minister says
Amman, Jordan – Two coronavirus patients died on Sunday at a hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman, after a short circuit cut power to the facility’s intensive care unit, the country’s health minister said.
The private Garden Hospital is being rented out by the Jordanian government to treat coronavirus patients.
Health Minister Firas al-Hawari told state media on Sunday that two people had been confirmed dead in hospital after the incident, and investigators were looking into the cause of the accident and whether a power outage was responsible for the deaths.
Angry people gathered outside the hospital and security forces surrounded the premises and prevented the relatives of the patients from entering.
Earlier this year, former Jordanian health minister Nathir Obedat resigned after several COVID-19 patients died at a government hospital in Salt, when their oxygen supply ran out.
Jordan’s health ministry has recorded more than 763,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 9,948 deaths. The country has given two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to just over 19% of its 10 million people.