Death toll from Romanian nightclub fire climbs to 44

A man wears a pig mask holding a banner that reads "The Romanian political class - Some pigs" during the fifth day of protests in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, calling for better governance and an end to corruption, in Bucharest, Romania, Nine more people died Saturday, bringing the death toll to 41 victims, a week after the Oct. 30 blaze that erupted at the Colectiv nightclub during a heavy-metal concert. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Three more people have died of burn-related injuries they sustained in a nightclub fire in Romania, bringing the total death toll from the fire to 44.

The medical director of the state burns hospital, Cristian Nitescu said Sunday a man succumbed to his injuries late Saturday.

Mediafax news agency reported two other patients died early Sunday at the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, including a Turkish man studying in Romania, and a woman who worked at the club’s bar.

Nine deaths were announced Saturday, the highest number for a single day since the fire broke out on Oct. 30 at the Colectiv nightclub after a spark from a pyrotechnics show ignited foam decor.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his Cabinet resigned Wednesday after mass protests which have continued.

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