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Romania nightclub blaze death toll rises to 53

Two more people have died of burns sustained in a deadly nightclub fire in Romania, bringing the total number of deaths to 53.

A spokesman for the Floreasca Emergency Hospital Bogdan Oprita said that two people died at the unit overnight on Thursday.

Twenty-six people initially died in the blaze in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest on October 30, which erupted when a spark ignited foam decor during a heavy-metal concert, sending panicked revellers stampeding for the single-door exit.

Patients have succumbed to their injuries almost on a daily basis since.

The blaze sparked mass protests that caused the collapse of the government. People blamed widespread corruption and bad governance for the fire.

President Klaus Iohannis has appointed former EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos to form a technocrat government.

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