The Anadolu news agency said the fire occurred at Sanko University Hospital in Gaziantep. He mentioned a statement that the victims were between the age of 56 and 85. The fire was quickly extinguished. The statement said 14 intensive care patients were transferred to other hospitals. Authorities launched an investigation. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that nine people were killed in the fire. Previously the office of the governor of Gaziantep had reported eight dead. The dysepance was not immediately explained. The provincial governor’s office later said that 19 patients were in the unit when «a high-pressure oxygen device» exploded at (0145GMT). Aside from the dead, no one else was injured in the fire, Anadolu said.Intensive care units across the country currently have an occupancy rate of 74% due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to government figures, although medical associations say the figure is higher and hospitals are overwhelmed by COVID patients.19.Friday night , the Ministry of Health reported 26,410 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in the country from March to 1.98 million. The figure includes asymptomatic cases, which Ankara did not report in the four months until the end of November, prompting criticism that the government was trying to hide the magnitude of the outbreak in the country. Turkey reached a daily record of 246 COVID deaths on Friday, for a total of 17,610.