Death toll in Iraq COVID hospital fire rises

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The death toll from a fire that ripped through a Covid-19 isolation ward in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, has risen to 92.

The second deadly blaze in a COVID-19 unit in three months, state news agency INA said on Tuesday.

More than 100 were also injured in the fire that broke out at the al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in the southern city of Nasiriya late on Monday, health officials said. The blaze was brought under control by civil defence teams.

A medical source with the health directorate told AFP news agency the “main reason behind the fire, was the explosion of oxygen tanks”.

Al Jazeera’s Jillian Wolf reports.

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