Gyms, dance and sports centres in Bulgaria will resume their activities from the beginning of February. A green light is also given for the operation of stores in large shopping centres and malls. This became clear on Monday morning, during a meeting at the Council of Ministers. At the meeting, the representatives of the National Operational Headquarters recommended an easing of the anti-epidemic measures.
Options will be sought to reach a consensus with restaurateurs and hoteliers, who in turn insist on working again from February and even threatened with mass disobedience. There will be a meeting with representatives of the two sectors to discuss possible options and conditions for reopening. The Prime Minister pointed out the possibility to once again close all establishments in the event of an increase in morbidity.
The Minister of Health is about to issue an order for presenting a negative PCR test for entry into Bulgaria by all citizens coming from third countries and the European Union. This measure will be introduced because of the risk of spreading the new strain of COVID-19.
The newly diagnosed people with coronavirus infection in the country during the past 24 hours are 121. The distribution by districts is as follows: Blagoevgrad – 2; Burgas – 13; Varna – 6; Vratsa – 1; Dobrich – 1; Kardzhali – 1; Kyustendil – 13; Lovech – 4; Montana – 1; Pazardzhik – 4; Pernik – 1; Pleven – 2; Plovdiv – 7; Razgrad – 1; Ruse – 6; Silistra – 1; Sliven – 6; Smolyan – 5; Sofia region – 5; Sofia city – 35; Stara Zagora – 2; Haskovo – 1; Shumen – 2; Yambol – 1.
A total of 214,817 cases have been reported in Bulgaria so far with 26,929 active. The cured people are 179,068 with 180 of them registered during the past 24 hours. 2,874 people with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized. 283 of them are in intensive care. The total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bulgaria so far is 26,143. The vaccinations registered during the last 24 hours are 24. The death toll in which COVID-19 was proven is 8,820 with 9 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.