Iraq's Baghdad ICU ward catches fire, 82 patients dead

Amid the coronavirus crisis across the world Iraq’s Baghdad hospital catches fire. In the huge fire incident broke out in a hospital treating coronavirus patients death toll rose to 82 killed and around 110 wounded. The Iraqi Interior Ministry has informed about the current situation of the spot.

Khalid al-Mahana, spokesman of the ministry “The fire of Ibn al-Khatib Hospital resulted in the killing of 82 patients and health workers and the wounding of 110 others,” told the official Iraqiya channel on Sunday. He continued saying “Many of the wounded are still in critical conditions.” The incident occurred late on Saturday night when several oxygen cylinders exploded, setting a huge fire at Ibn al-Khatib Hospital. Coronavirus patients on the eastern side of the capital were getting treated there. Civil defence teams and firefighting vehicles arrived at the scene to put out the fire and were able to prevent the fire from reaching the upper floors, the statement said. The statement added “Many patients were affected by the cut of oxygen cylinders during their evacuation from the hospital, and others suffocated by the smoke.” Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi office released a statement saying al-Kadhimi has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident and that the families of the victims should be compensated and treatment is provided for the wounded.

Lately, the country’s Health Ministry reported 6,967 new Covid-19 cases, taking the national tally to 1,025,288. It also reported 43 new Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the national total to 15,217.

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