At least 27 dead in fire at Baghdad hospital in Iraq for Covid-19 patients

Sun Online Desk

25th April, 2021 02:18:11 printer

At least 27 dead in fire at Baghdad hospital in Iraq for Covid-19 patients

At least 27 people were killed and 46 injured in a fire on Saturday at a hospital in southeastern Baghdad of Iraq that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, medical sources at three nearby hospitals said.

The fire at the Ibn Khatib hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of the Iraqi capital occurred after an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode, the sources said.

Many ambulances were rushing towards the hospital, ferrying away those hurt by the fire, The Indian Express.

Patients not injured in the incident were also being transferred out of the hospital, the medical sources said.

Iraq’s healthcare system, already ruined by decades of sanctions, war and neglect, has been stretched during the coronavirus crisis.

The total number of people infected with COVID-19 in Iraq is 102,5288 including 15,217 deaths, the health ministry said on Saturday.


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