At Least 10 People Dead After Fire Destroys Makeshift Coronavirus Hospital in North Macedonia

Firemen talk to each other standing near the burned out makeshift hospital in North Macedonia’s western city of Tetovo, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Police and public health officials in North Macedonia say at least 10 people have died and many others have been injured by a fire at the makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

The blaze occurred late Wednesday in the western city of Tetovo, where the facility was set up following a recent spike in infections in the region.

Health Ministry officials said injured medical staff and patients along with over evacuees were being transferred to hospitals in the capital Skopje, some 45 kilometers (28 miles) to the east.

With less than 30% of the country’s population fully vaccinated, North Macedonia has seen a significant spike in infections and deaths since late August.

SOURCE: The Associated Press