Not less than 23 folks died when a fireplace broke out in a coronavirus intensive care unit in Baghdad, medical and safety sources instructed AFP.
The explosion was attributable to “a fault within the storage of oxygen cylinders”, the medical sources stated, including that a number of dozen folks had additionally been wounded.
Movies on social media confirmed firefighters attempting to extinguish flames at Ibn al-Khatib hospital on the southeastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital as sufferers and their kinfolk tried to flee the constructing.
The civil protection instructed Iraqi state news they “rescued 90 folks out of 120 sufferers and their kinfolk” on the scene, however wouldn’t give the precise variety of useless and wounded.
On Wednesday, the variety of Covid-19 instances surpassed a million in Iraq, with the well being ministry recording a complete of 1,025,288 instances of the illness and 15,217 deaths because the first infections had been reported within the nation in February 2020.
The ministry has stated it carries out round 40,000 exams every day from a inhabitants of 40 million.
Iraq’s hospitals have been worn down by a long time of battle and poor funding, with shortages in medicines and hospital beds.
These sufferers who can usually choose to supply oxygen tanks for remedy at house, somewhat than go to overcrowded and run-down hospitals.
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