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Death toll from Iraq COVID hospital fire rises as anger mounts

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By Ahmed Rasheed and Maher al-Saih NASSIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) -The death toll from a fire that tore through a coronavirus hospital in southern Iraq rose to 66, health officials said on Tuesday, as authorities faced accusations of negligence from grieving relatives and a doctor who works there. More than 100 others were injured in Monday night’s fire in Nassiriya, which an investigation showed began when sparks from faulty wiring spread to an oxygen tank that then exploded, police and civil defence authorities said – the second such tragedy in three months. Rescue teams were on Tuesday using a h…

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