In Russia, an oxygen tank exploded in front of a hospital treating corona patients. So far there is no information on injuries, 160 people have been evacuated.

In a hospital for corona patients in Russia, a tank containing medical oxygen has exploded. Videos showed how there was a massive explosion in the city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals on Saturday. Authorities also said surrounding houses had been damaged by the force. So people were not injured. The 160 patients were taken to another clinic or to a building in the city stadium.

It was initially unclear why the explosion occurred about 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow. Authorities told state agency Tass that the equipment to supply patients with oxygen has only been installed in recent days.

In Russia, the number of new corona infections has been rising rapidly for weeks. More than 18,000 new cases were reported on Saturday. According to official statistics, more than 1.6 million people have been infected since the start of the pandemic. Temporary hospitals are now being set up in many cities and regions.

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