The Health Minister of Bulgaria has suggested new measures to the Prime Minister and they are to be discussed by the Council of Ministers. The proposed measures will be discussed sector by sector during the cabinet meeting, after which a decision will be made on their implementation. The meeting of the government is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25th. And it is expected that the new measures will be introduced on Friday, November 27th.
The proposed measures include an extension of the declared emergency situation by four months so until the end of March 2021. Termination of attendance classes, practices, internships and others in all universities, schools, kindergartens and nurseries, as well as all forms of extracurricular activities and activities of interest. Suspension of all sports events, congresses, seminars, competitions, cultural and other entertainment events, incl. private celebrations like weddings and so on.
Clubs and bars will remain closed. But it is also suggested that food and entertainment establishments, game halls, drinking establishments, coffee-confectioneries and others close as well. They will only be able to deliver food. Another suggestion is the suspension of all non-food stores, including shopping centres such as malls, except for pharmacies, drugstores, banks and insurance companies. Organized excursions will be suspended as well.
The Health Minister said that this time there will be no checkpoints and no traffic restrictions between cities since these measures have proven ineffective over time. The minister said that if the suggested measures work as is expected, they might be loosened for Christmas. Moreover, it is possible to change the time interval for visiting shops and pharmacies by people aged 65 and over.
The newly diagnosed people with coronavirus infection in Bulgaria during the last 24 hours are 3 146. The distribution by districts is as follows: Blagoevgrad – 194; Burgas – 51; Varna – 239; Veliko Tarnovo – 74; Vidin – 18; Vratsa – 60; Gabrovo – 2; Dobrich – 38; Kardzhali – 20; Kyustendil – 53; Lovech – 27; Montana – 49; Pazardzhik – 80; Pernik – 67; Pleven – 97; Plovdiv – 361; Razgrad – 28; Ruse – 170; Silistra – 42; Sliven – 52; Smolyan – 10; Sofia region – 89; Sofia city – 933; Stara Zagora – 191; Targovishte – 29; Haskovo – 68; Shumen – 97; Yambol – 7.
The total number of confirmed cases in our country is 124 966. Of these, 83 671 are active. The cured people are 38 226, of which 1 702 have been registered during the last 24 hours. There are 6 270 patients with proven COVID-19 in hospitals with 399 of them in intensive care. The death toll in which the new coronavirus was involved is 3 069 with 189 cases registered in the past 24 hours.