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14 dead in fire at Covid hospital in North Macedonia

14 dead in fire at Covid hospital in North Macedonia
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Thursday, 09 September, 2021, 14:30

14 people died in a fire Wednesday evening at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in North Macedonia, authorities said. "This is a very sad day," Health Minister Venko Filipce wrote on Twitter, adding that several patients had been "urgently transported" to a hospital in the capital Skopje. The fire broke out following an explosion in a Covid-19 clinic in Tetovo in the northwest of the Balkan country, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who immediately headed to the town. "A huge tragedy has occurred in the Tetovo Covid-19 centre," Zaev said on Twitter. "An explosion caused a fire. The fire was extinguished but many lives were lost."

14 dead in fire at Covid hospital in North Macedonia