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Jordan sentences hospital chief to prison over COVID deaths

The hospital where at least six people died due to an oxygen shortage, March 13, 2021, Salt, Jordan. (Screen grab/Al Mamlaka television)
The hospital where at least six people died due to an oxygen shortage, March 13, 2021, Salt, Jordan. (Screen grab/Al Mamlaka television)

A Jordanian court sentences the director of a state hospital to three years in jail over the deaths of 10 patients at the facility, which treated coronavirus patients.

Abdel Razak al-Khashman and four aides have been convicted of “causing the deaths” at the Salt state hospital where the patients died after it ran out of oxygen.

The verdict can be appealed within 10 days, according to an AFP correspondent.

The deaths in March sparked public anger in Jordan and led to the resignation of health minister Nazir Obeidat.

After the tragedy, King Abdullah II visited the state hospital where hundreds of people rallied outside to vent their wrath.

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