At least 23 individuals died when a hearth broke out in a coronavirus intensive care unit in Baghdad, medical and safety sources instructed AFP.
The explosion was attributable to “a fault in the storage of oxygen cylinders”, the medical sources mentioned, including that a number of dozen individuals had additionally been wounded.
Videos on social media confirmed firefighters making an attempt to extinguish flames at Ibn al-Khatib hospital on the southeastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital as sufferers and their kin tried to flee the constructing.
The civil protection instructed Iraqi state information they “rescued 90 people out of 120 patients and their relatives” on the scene, however wouldn’t give the precise variety of useless and wounded.
On Wednesday, the variety of Covid-19 circumstances surpassed a million in Iraq, with the well being ministry recording a complete of 1,025,288 circumstances of the illness and 15,217 deaths because the first infections had been reported within the nation in February 2020.
The ministry has mentioned it carries out round 40,000 checks each day from a inhabitants of 40 million.
Iraq’s hospitals have been worn down by many years of battle and poor funding, with shortages in medicines and hospital beds.
Those sufferers who can typically want to supply oxygen tanks for therapy at residence, somewhat than go to overcrowded and run-down hospitals.
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