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Tue May 12, 2020, 03:12 PM

Fatal Hospital Fire in St. Petersburg (Russia)

Putin's coronavirus crisis deepens with fatal hospital fire and spokesman's diagnosis

Nathan Hodge, CNN, Updated 10:26 AM ET, Tue May 12, 2020

(CNN)A fire in a hospital treating coronavirus victims claimed the lives of five patients and forced the evacuation of 150 people in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Tuesday, further testing the Russian government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic amid a growing crisis that has reached the Kremlin's inner circle.

The St. Petersburg fire broke out on the sixth floor of an intensive care unit at the St. George Hospital, killing five coronavirus patients connected to ventilating equipment, the TASS news agency reported, citing medical personnel.

According to initial findings, the fire may have been caused by a short circuit in a ventilator or its malfunction, state news agencies said. The Investigative Committee, Russia's top law enforcement body, said a criminal investigation had been opened into the matter. The grim news from St. Petersburg was quickly overshadowed by the disclosure that Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's longtime spokesperson, had been hospitalized with coronavirus.

Peskov told Russian state news agency TASS that the last time he had seen the President in person was "over a month ago," but the news follows the hospitalization of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin for coronavirus and is likely to intensify concerns about Putin's own health.

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fleur-de-lisa May 2020 OP
BComplex May 2020 #1
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Tue May 12, 2020, 03:21 PM

1. I wonder if those are some of the ventilators that trump sent to russia after Jered Kushner

got his hands on them.

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Tue May 12, 2020, 04:01 PM

2. Any whistleblowers manage to fall out of windows during the fire?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:01 PM

3. Horrific

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:22 PM

4. Oh how awful. For the sake of the patients, I hope

they pin down exactly what happened in order to prevent it happening again.

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