Wearing masks in indoor public places is once again mandatory in Bulgaria. Mass control over the observance of all anti-epidemic measures will also be stricter. This was said by the Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev at a briefing at the Ministry of Health.
Ananiev said that by the end of the week it will be decided whether the emergency epidemic situation in the country will be extended or not. The Minister clarified that there is an increase in the number of carriers of the coronavirus, as well as non-compliance with discipline by a large part of Bulgarian citizens. Without introducing new stricter measures, the Headquarters calls on Bulgarians to observe the current measures so that there is no higher spread of the virus.
However, some new measures will be introduced from today: Indoor events will be conducted with up to 50% of the capacity of the establishments and masks will be worn. In cinemas, theatres, sports facilities, shops, malls, etc., a physical distance of one and a half meters will be observed and the staff and customers will wear masks. An exception is allowed only for customers in restaurants and drinking establishments. However, the staff must wear a mask or helmet. Measures for wearing masks in transport, hospitals and pharmacies are being strengthened. When holding football matches, up to 1000 people per sector are allowed, observing physical distance. For other sporting events, the occupancy rate should be up to 50%, or through a seat, if there are no seats – then a distance of one and a half meters should be observed.
For the past 24 hours, 2,776 samples were tested for coronavirus infection with 79 of them giving a positive result. The distribution by districts is as follows: Blagoevgrad – 1; Burgas – 4; Varna – 2; Veliko Tarnovo – 1; Vratsa – 1; Kyustendil – 1; Pazardzhik – 3; Pernik – 1; Plovdiv – 1; Razgrad – 2; Sliven – 6; Sofia region – 13; Sofia city – 32; Stara Zagora – 5; Targovishte – 1; Yambol – 5. At present, 3984 cases of the new coronavirus have been proven in Bulgaria, of which 1606 are active. 2171 people have already been cured, 97 of which have been registered in the last 24 hours. There are 341 patients with confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized. 11 of them are in intensive care. The death toll is 207, and the cases from the past 24 hours are 8.