Belagavi: An oxygen cylinder exploded at the Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) Hospital ICU ward here on Sunday (July 26), injuring three people.

The explosion occurred when an oxygen cylinder was being replaced. A physician, nurse and ward boy who were replacing the cylinder sustained burn injuries by the explosion.

All three were in the ICU ward replacing the cylinder and were wearing PPE kits which caught fire after the explosion. Immediately other staff members rushed to their rescue and extinguished the fire.

Police said that the explosion occurred when the cylinder was being replaced. The staff who were in the COVID-19 ward were wearing PPE and that caught fire in the incident, they sustained burn injuries on their hands and legs.

No harm was caused to patients and other staff in the hospital.

Soon after, officials from the fire and police department arrived at the hospital and inspected the site.

Karnataka medical education minister Dr Sudhakar said, “It is an unfortunate incident and I have instructed the concerned authorities to prevent such incidents from happening.”

For the fourth straight day, Karnataka on Sunday (July 26) witnessed over 5,000 new COVID-19 cases. With record 5,199 new cases, the state's overall virus tally reached 96,141. The state's previous biggest single-day spike was on 25 July when it saw 5,072 new cases.

82 more deaths in the last 24 hours took the state's death toll to 1,878.

There are 58,417 active cases in the state, including 632 in ICU, the state health department said in its daily bulletin.

The recovery rate in the state is 37.28% and mortality rate is 1.95%.

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