AT least fifty folks have died in southern Iraq after a hearth swept by a coronavirus isolation ward final night time. 

Dozens of individuals suffered extreme burns because the blaze engulfed the ward on the Al-Hussein hospital within the metropolis of Nasiryah. 

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Smoke rises after fireplace broke out for an unknown purpose in a COVID-19 isolation on the Al-Hussein hospital within the metropolis of Nasiryah[/caption]

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Not less than 50 folks have been killed within the blaze[/caption]

Officers stated the flame was sparked by an electrical quick circuit, however didn’t present extra element.

One other well being official stated the fireplace erupted when an oxygen cylinder exploded. 

Iraq’s well being ministry has not offered an official account of the reason for the fireplace. 

Ammar al-Zamili, spokesman for the native well being division, informed Iraqi media there have been at the very least 63 sufferers contained in the ward when the fireplace started. 

Maj. Gen. Khalid Bohan, head of Iraq’s civil protection, informed the press that the constructing was constructed from flammable supplies and susceptible to fireside.

It marks the second time a big fireplace has killed Cvid sufferers in an Iraqi hospital this 12 months. 

Not less than 82 folks died at Ibn al-Khateeb hospital in Baghdad in April when an oxygen tank exploded, sparking the blaze.


Medical doctors in Iraqi have blasted the federal government for system mismanagement of the nation’s hospitals, accusing them of lax security guidelines. 

In the meantime, the nation is experiencing a devastating new wave of Covid instances – with each day infections peaking final week at 9,000. 

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Locals on the scene of the blaze[/caption]

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A fireplace truck arrives on the scene final night time[/caption]