Isolation Centre: 58 COVID-19 patients killed in oxygen cylinder explosion

An oxygen cylinder explosion has killed at least 58 COVID-19 patients in Iraq’s isolation centre.

An oxygen cylinder explosion has killed at least 58 COVID-19 patients in Iraq’s isolation centre.

The Isolation Centre explosion occurred in Iraq’s southern Dhi Qar province, Iraqi medical sources said on Tuesday.

Provincial health department spokesman Ammar Bashar said 58 people died after the blaze erupted at Imam al-Hussein hospital in Nassiriyah city, some 375 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad.

Meanwhile after the oxygen cylinder explosion, the Nasiriyah News Network reported that 60 bodies so far reached the forensic medicine department in Nasiriyah, including 30 unidentified.

It added that people were flocking to the forensic medicine department to search for relatives.

The fire hit the isolation section for COVID-19 cases at Imam al-Hussein hospital on Monday night. Mr Bashar said 63 patients were in the section.

After the pandemic began last year, it was built and consisted of 20 caravans over a 600-square-metre area and designed to take up to 100 patients. While officials have not yet confirmed the cause of the fire, witnesses said it started when an oxygen cylinder exploded.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi suspended the heads of Dhi Qar Health Department, the hospital and the head of civil defence.

All three will face investigation.

The health ministry has recorded 1,025,288 cases and 15,217 deaths since the pandemic began.



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