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Fireplace at Iraq Covid Hospital Kills at Least 39

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CAIRO — No less than 39 folks have been killed and greater than 20 injured in a hearth at a coronavirus hospital in Nasiriya in southern Iraq, well being officers and the police mentioned Monday.

“Well being crews carried charred our bodies out of the burning hospital whereas many sufferers have been coughing from the rising smoke,” a Reuters reporter on the website of the hearth website mentioned.

The state-run Iraq Information Company cited well being ministry officers as saying that search operations on the al-Hussain coronavirus hospital have been persevering with after the hearth was introduced underneath management.

“Raging fires have trapped many sufferers contained in the coronavirus ward and rescue groups are struggling to succeed in them,” a well being employee advised Reuters earlier than getting into the burning constructing.

Preliminary police experiences instructed that an oxygen tank explosion contained in the hospital’s Covid-19 ward was the doubtless reason behind the hearth, a policeman on the scene of the hearth mentioned.

Well being sources mentioned the demise toll might rise as many sufferers have been nonetheless lacking. Two well being employees have been among the many lifeless, they mentioned.

In April, a hearth brought on by an oxygen tank explosion at a Covid-19 hospital in Baghdad killed a minimum of 82 folks whereas injuring 110.

Already decimated by struggle and sanctions, Iraq’s well being care system has struggled to deal with the coronavirus disaster, which has killed 17,548 folks and contaminated greater than 1.429 million.

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