The fire broke out at the Al-Hussein hospital in the southern Iraqi city late Monday and was brought under control hours later by local civil defence forces.
An official stated, “Early Tuesday 52 bodies were retrieved and another 22 people were wounded in the latest toll, after the fire had ripped through the Covid isolation ward".
“The victims died of burns and the search is continuing," he added.
The ward had space for 70 beds and opened just three months ago, said two medical officials.
An official stated that, the fire was caused by an electric short circuit, while another health official said, the fire erupted when an oxygen cylinder exploded.
However, the Health Ministry has not provided an official account of the cause of the fire.
The deadly hospital blaze is the second such fire in Iraq in three months.
The fire also prompted furious calls on social media for the resignation of top officials.
Earlier on Monday, a minor fire broke out at the health ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad, but it was quickly contained with no fatalities recorded.
Since the coronavirus vaccine rollout began in March, Iraq have fully inoculated around one percent of the country’s roughly 40 million people.
With 73 new fatalities, Pakistan's COVID-19 death count nears 27,000
Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 4.78%.
As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 2,714 cases of coronavirus were reported while 73 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,938.
Pakistan conducted a total of 56,733 tests in the last 24 hours.
As per the NCOC, total confirmed cases are 1,212,809 whereas 5,122 are under critical care.
The number of patients swelled to 416,901 in the province with 12,291 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 446,840 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,192.
The confirmed cases have surged to 169,429 in the province with 5,310 casualties.
There are 32,658 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,490 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 727. On the other hand, there are 10,198 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
There are 103,293 cases in the capital city while 892 people have lost their lives.
Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 4.22%
Islamabad: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio decreased to 4.22% from more than 11% a couple of weeks ago.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,167 cases of coronavirus were reported while 40 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,246. The daily Covid-19 positivity rate in Pakistan is at 4.22%.
The total number of cases has reached 1,226,008.
As many as 1,135,038 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,840 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 422,790 in the province with 12,407 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 450,787 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,270.
The confirmed cases have surged to 171,388 in the province with 5,412 casualties.
There are 32,769 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
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There are 104,242 cases in the capital city while 902 people have lost their lives
Twitter tests edge-to-edge photos in timeline
The microblogging platform, Twitter is exploring ways to build more visually immersive experience with its latest test to see how images appear on the platform.
The upcoming feature will expand visual media embedded in tweets to fill the whole width of a mobile phone's screen. The new layout is being tested on iOS but not on Android.
“The change is designed to make it easier for visual content to shine,” said twitter.
In the current test, tweets fill the full frame from left to right instead of being offset by a pretty large margin on the left.
The changes result in much larger images and videos that look better in the feed and a cleaner, more modern design that doesn’t unnecessarily squish tweets to the right of users’ profile pictures.
Now testing on iOS:— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
Edge to edge Tweets that span the width of the timeline so your photos, GIFs, and videos can have more room to shine. pic.twitter.com/luAHoPjjlY
The test follows two previous image-focused changes— 4K image support and full-size images.
The 4K image support came in April and increased the resolution of images from 2048 x 2048 pixels to 3840 pixels on the long end.
While, full-size image support came in May and brought an end to cropped photos on timelines in iOS and Android.
The company, with the announcement that it is testing edge-to-edge photo support is increasing its chances of becoming an Instagram competitor.
The date for the rollout is not ascertain yet. However, users are already complaining about the change, despite the fact that it is still in its early stages.
This is because, there's no word, on when full-width tweets will arrive on some of the best Android phones.
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