Medical sources said in three nearby hospitals that at least 27 people were killed and 46 others injured in the fire that broke out on Saturday evening in a hospital in Baghdad in the southeastern part of the city treating Corona virus patients.
The sources added that the fire caught fire in Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital near Diyala Bridge in the Iraqi capital, after an oxygen tank exploded as a result of the accident. A Reuters cameraman from the scene said that a number of ambulances had been alerted to the hospital to transport patients with burns.
According to medical sources, patients not directly involved in the fire were evacuated from the hospital. The Iraqi Minister of Civil Defense said that the flames erupted on the floor of the pulmonary intensive care unit
90 of the 120 people were rescued in the hospital
The state news agency quoted him as saying. Major General Kazem Bohan added that he managed to put out the fire. The health system in Iraq, which has completely collapsed over decades of sanctions, war damage and neglect, was overshadowed by the Coronavirus epidemic last year.
Today, Saturday, the Ministry of Health said in the Middle East, which has a population of about 38 million, that 1,025,288 people have been infected with Covid virus since the start of the epidemic last year, and 15,217 people have died from the disease so far.
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