Hospital fire claims 64 lives in Iraq

Baghdad : Some 64 people were killed and 50 wounded in a huge fire that broke out in a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Iraq’s southern province of Dhi Qar, the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

“The latest toll of the fire in the quarantine center in al-Hussein Hospital in the provincial capital al-Nasiriyah rose to 64 killed and 50 wounded,” INA said, quoting a health department spokesman.

The fire broke out in the quarantine centre on Monday evening and quickly spread to 20 sandwich panel caravans nearby in the makeshift centre at the site of al-Hussein Hospital in al-Nasiriyah, some 375 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has ordered an investigation into the incident.

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