Fire in Iraq Hospital Treating Covid-19 Patients Kills 82 People

BAGHDAD—Exploding oxygen canisters sparked a fire that engulfed a Baghdad clinic dealing with Covid-19 clients,…

BAGHDAD—Exploding oxygen canisters sparked a fire that engulfed a Baghdad clinic dealing with Covid-19 clients, killing at least 82 men and women, Iraqi officials claimed on Sunday.

The fire began late Saturday night after oxygen canisters ignited in a clinic ward total of coronavirus clients currently being addressed with ventilators, environment off a scramble to evacuate extra than two hundred men and women from the clinic, Iraqi health and fitness and civil defense officials claimed.

A spokesman for Iraq’s interior ministry claimed 82 men and women were being killed and a hundred and ten men and women were being injured in the fire.

In an unexpected emergency right away conference with senior governing administration officials, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi referred to as the fire a “painful incident” triggered by negligence. He referred to as for senior clinic and health and fitness ministry officials to be questioned by investigators, and requested other services to be checked to avert upcoming disasters.

“Go and test each and every one wire in each and every workplace and clinic,” he claimed in accordance to a assertion from his workplace. He also declared a few times of national mourning.