Clashes erupted when police arrived to the assembly gate at the MPAs Hostel when Opposition lawmakers and police exchanged harsh words.
A couple of protests by the Opposition members and their supporters apparently in an attempt to block the budget session led to a physical confrontation between police personnel and legislators. Policemen pushed the protesters and managed to escort Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal into the Assembly hall.
During the clash, an Armoured Police Vehicle (APC) broke into the main gate of the Assembly. The legislators broke some flower pots and glass upon which police fired tear gas shells.
A shoe was hurled on the chief minister during the protest, but he escaped unhurt.
Police said Opposition lawmakers had locked all four doors of the Balochistan Assembly to prevent the budget session from taking place today.
‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate falls to 5.45%
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 5.45%.
As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), Pakistan conducted a total of 57,792 tests in the last 24 hours.
Around 3,153 cases of coronavirus were reported while 58 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,720.
As per the command centre, total confirmed cases are 1,204,520 whereas 5,370 are under critical care.
The number of patients swelled to 413,182 in the province with 12,211 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 444,464 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,133.
The confirmed cases have surged to 168,258 in the province with 5,250 casualties.
There are 32,569 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.
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There are 33,268 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 718. On the other hand, there are 10,162 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.
There are 102,617 cases in the capital city while 887 people have lost their lives.
COVID-19 kills another 78 as Pakistan continues battle against fourth wave
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 5.44%.
As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 2,580 cases of coronavirus were reported while 78 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,865.
Pakistan conducted a total of 47,419 tests in the last 24 hours.
As per the NCOC, total confirmed cases are 1,210,082 whereas 5,304 are under critical care.
The number of patients swelled to 415,654 in the province with 12,259 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 446,045 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,177.
The confirmed cases have surged to 169,040 in the province with 5,290 casualties.
There are 32,618 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,432 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 724. On the other hand, there are 10,168 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
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North Macedonia: Massive fire engulfs COVID hospital, kills ten patients
Skopje: At least 10 people were killed and many more injured after a massive fire broke at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in Tetovo, North Macedonia.
The huge blaze erupted Wednesday night—claiming lives of ten. Fire services and rescue teams rushed to the scene and fought to douse the flames for a couple of hours.
It’s not yet clear how the large blaze started or how many patients were inside.
While the cause has yet to be established, the country's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev posted on social media that the fire had followed an on-site explosion.
Огромна трагедија се случи во тетовскиот КОВИД-19 центар. Експлозија предизвикала пожар. Пожарот е изгаснат, но згаснаа и многу животи.— Зоран Заев (@Zoran_Zaev) September 8, 2021
Изразувам најдлабоко сочувство до семејствата и блиските на починатите и посакувам брзо закрепнување на повредените.https://t.co/55sVhZEyXO
Footage shared on social media showed a building in flames and a thick cloud of black smoke billowing into the air near a main road in the city of Tetovo.
JUST IN - At least 15 people killed and dozens injured after a fire broke at a Covid hospital in North Macedoniapic.twitter.com/FC9lbBoDJJ— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 8, 2021
The facility was reportedly built last year to help care for COVID-19 patients.
Tetovo deputy fire Chief, Saso Trajcevski said, "The fire was huge because the hospital is modular, there was plastic".
The fire occurred as the former Yugoslav republic celebrated the 30th anniversary of its independence, with festivities in the capital Skopje, including a military parade.
However, investigators have gone to the scene to determine the cause of Yesterday’s fire.
Meanwhile, North Macedonia has been battling a surge in COVID-19 cases recently with 701 new cases and 24 deaths in the past 24 hours.
It has recorded more than 6,100 fatalities in total since the start of the COVID outbreak.
Macedonia government had to impose stricter measures, in a bid to prevent the spread of virus.
North Macedonia has a population of around 2 million and its healthcare services are run down as hospitals are overwhelmed in some areas, particularly where vaccination rates are low.
Covid-19 hospitals in other countries have been hit by explosions followed by fires. In Iraq, dozens of people were killed in fires that occurred after oxygen cylinders exploded in April and July.
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