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An intensive care unit an Egyptian hospital was on fire on Saturday and killed seven patients with coronavirus , authorities said .

Police said the fire occurred at a private hospital in Obour, an outlying district of the Cairo metropolitan area.

The fire injured at least five other people . The injured and other patients were evacuated to nearby hospitals , police added.

Firefighters managed to put out the fire , the cause of which is being investigated by the police and prosecutors.

According to the government daily al-Ahram, the first investigations indicated that the fire occurred due to an electrical short circuit.

A similar fire broke out in June in the coronavirus ward of a private hospital in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, leaving seven patients dead and one injured. There was another fire in May at a coronavirus isolation center in Cairo that caused no casualties.

Egypt is seeing an increase in confirmed cases of the virus, forcing the government to reopen most of its designated hospitals to treat and isolate Covid-19 patients after the first wave of the pandemic subsided.

The Health Ministry reported its highest daily number of confirmed cases on Friday at 1,113, along with 49 deaths.

The new numbers have brought the county’s official count to more than 130,126 cases, including at least 7,309 deaths.

However, the actual number of cases in Egypt , the most populous country in the Arab world with more than 100 million inhabitants, is believed to be much higher, in part due to limited diagnostic testing.

Bahrain last week became the second country in the world to authorize a  Chinese vaccine  against  Covid-19 , after the United Arab Emirates. Morocco plans to use  Chinese vaccines  in a massive immunization campaign that should begin this month. Chinese authorities were also waiting to receive the green light in Turkey, Indonesia and Brazil, while trials continued in more than a dozen countries, including  Russia,  Egypt and  Mexico.

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