CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 20 people were killed and five injured in a coronavirus hospital fire in Iraq’s southern city of Nassiriya, the state news agency (INA) reported on Monday.

“Health crews carried charred bodies out of the burning hospital while many patients were coughing from the rising smoke”, a Reuters reporter on the fire site said.

INA cited health ministry officials as saying that search operations in Al-Hussain Coronavirus hospital continued after the fire was brought under control.

Health sources said the death toll could rise as many patients are still missing.

(Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Nayera Abdallah, additional reporting Baghdad newsroom, editing by Chris Reese)

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