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New order by the Health Minister: Masks will be optional for work teams of up to 7 people

Fines in Bulgaria even after the end of the state of emergency

The state of emergency in Bulgaria may have ended but some of the anti-epidemic measures implemented during it still remain and violators will be fined. For example, it is still mandatory to wear protective masks in closed public places and in public transport.

All sanctions for non-compliance with the anti-epidemic measures are still valid even after the end of the state of emergency. After May 13, law enforcement agencies will continue to fine all violators from 300 to 1000 leva depending on their violation. In case of a repeated violation the amount jumps from 1000 to 2000 leva. The sanction for non-observance of the obligatory isolation of patients and proven contact people remains 5000 leva. The sanctions are expected to remain in force for at least two months after the state of emergency has ended.

Face masks are now mandatory in Bulgaria

38 people are the newly infected with COVID-19 in Bulgaria with, 12 of them in hospitals. The total number of infected people in Bulgaria is 2138. This was announced by the National Operational Headquarters. They also announced that so far 63319 tests have been performed. For the past 24 hours 3 people have died making the total number of deaths caused by COVID-19 102. In that light the total number of recovered patients is 545. 321 are the people with confirmed COVID-19 in Bulgaria, who are placed under medical supervision in hospital conditions and 49 of them are in intensive care. The newly infected were found in Sofia (7 cases), Blagoevgrad (10 cases), Yambol (6 cases), Razgrad (5 cases), Kyustendil (2 cases), Vidin (2 cases), Veliko Tarnovo (1 case), Pernik (1 case), Pleven (1 case), Ruse (1 case), Sliven (1 case) and Smolyan (1 case).

Internationally, 213 countries have been affected so far. The United States is the leading infected country, followed by Brazil and Russia. In Western Europe, the UK is leading. The European Centre for Desease Prevention and Control reports that since 31 December 2019 and as of 14 May 2020, 4 308 809 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 296 680 deaths.

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