Baghdad: A massive fire broke out on Monday at Al Hussein Kovid Hospital in Syria’s southern city of Iraq. 44 people including 2 health workers lost their lives and 67 others were injured in the accident. The fire has been brought under control. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was caused by an explosion in the oxygen tank in the Kovid ward.

Following the incident, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has called a meeting of senior ministers. It ordered the suspension and arrest of the security managers of Nasiriya Hospital. During the accident, the health workers took out the burnt bodies from the Kovid Hospital. During this, many of the evacuated patients were coughing badly due to the smoke. The investigation into the accident has been started. The cause of the fire is being ascertained. However, the death toll may rise as many people are said to be missing.

Earlier in April, a fire broke out in Baghdad’s Kovid Hospital in which 82 people lost their lives and 110 others were injured. Iraq’s health department, already ravaged by war and sanctions, is already facing problems dealing with the coronavirus. So far more than 14.38 lakh people have been infected by this epidemic, while 17,592 people have lost their lives.

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