Iraqi Health Officials Say 50 People Died In Coronavirus Ward Fire

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BAGHDAD — A occurrence swept done a coronavirus ward successful confederate Iraq, sidesplitting astatine slightest 50 radical and injuring dozens more, Iraqi aesculapian officials said precocious Monday.

The officials said each those who died suffered terrible burns during the blaze astatine al-Hussein Teaching Hospital successful the confederate metropolis of Nasiryah. At slightest 50 radical were killed and others were successful captious condition, they said.

The officials said the occurrence was caused by an electrical abbreviated circuit, but did not supply much detail. Another wellness authoritative successful Dhi Qar province, wherever Nasiriyah is located, said the occurrence erupted erstwhile an oxygen cylinder exploded.

The Health Ministry has not provided an authoritative relationship of the origin of the fire.

The caller ward, opened conscionable 3 months ago, contained 70 beds, said 2 aesculapian officials, who spoke connected information of anonymity successful enactment with regulations.

Ammar al-Zamili, spokesperson for the Dhi Qar wellness department, told section media determination were astatine slightest 63 patients wrong the ward erstwhile the occurrence began. Maj. Gen. Khalid Bohan, caput of Iraq's civilian defense, said successful comments to the property that the gathering was constructed from flammable materials and prone to fire.

It was the 2nd clip a ample occurrence has killed coronavirus patients successful an Iraqi infirmary this year. At slightest 82 radical died astatine Ibn al-Khateeb infirmary successful Baghdad successful April erstwhile an oxygen vessel exploded, sparking the blaze.

That incidental brought to airy wide negligence and systemic mismanagement successful Iraq's hospitals. Doctors person decried lax information rules, particularly astir oxygen cylinders.

Iraq is successful the midst of different terrible COVID-19 wave. Daily coronavirus rates peaked past week astatine 9,000 caller cases.

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