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Bulgaria's Health Minister Angelov: We Are Entering a Serious Phase of the Epidemic

We are entering a serious phase of the COVID-19 epidemic. We need help and the solution is in the active participation of pre-hospital doctors and medical students.

This was said by the Minister of Health Prof. Kostadin Angelov during the weekly briefing of the National Operational Council on COVID-19.

For the last 24 hours in the country there are 1472 new cases of coronavirus with 8738 PCR tests, which is 16.8% of the tested samples.

Prof. Kostadin Angelov reported that the most serious picture is among infected medical personnel.

"The biggest problem we face is related to the medics who are on the front line. We have a serious shortage in terms of their physical capacity," said the Minister of Health.

"We need help and the solution is in the active participation of doctors in pre-hospital care and in particular the specialists from the DCC (diagnostic-consultancy centers)," he said.

The minister announced that a solution will be sought, and the specialists who are involved in the fight against the virus will receive additional remuneration.

 "We will hold a video conference with the rectors of medical universities and faculties to discuss the possibility for sixth-year students to help doctors and consider this as their internship," the health minister said.

Assoc. Prof. Angel Kunchev announced during the briefing that Bulgaria ranks 9th in mortality in the European Union and 4th in the Balkans.

He clarified that when we talk about the EU, we are talking about 31 countries plus the European Economic Area.

The shift from the green to the red zone of the coronavirus distribution map in Bulgaria continues. Only one region is left with a morbidity of 20 per 100,000 - Vidin. Most of the regions in Bulgaria passed into the orange (14 districts) and the red (6 districts - Targovishte, Gabrovo, Shumen, Sofia-city, Blagoevgrad, Sliven).

"As a short-term forecast, it can be said that this process will continue and most of the areas in the orange zone will fall into the red next week. Geographically, no patterns can be caught. Where there are more serious epidemic outbreaks, like in factories, social care homes, establishments, the incidence increases and after taking measures begins to decrease, "explained Dr. Kunchev.

"This indicator, although not very high compared to the ones in other European countries due to our very limited opportunities as staff, has a stronger detrimental effect on the activities of medical institutions. We are already short of people, and then there are those placed under quarantine, the situation is further aggravated ", stressed Dr. Kunchev.

He also gave an explanation of the masks and where they should be worn most often.

"These are markets, marketplaces, indoor markets, public transport stops, banks, squares and open spaces, shops, office buildings, conducting group activities in the open. In short, if we have to summarize - the key here is the distance. If you walk on the street alone, you should not wear a mask. Of course, if you walk in the park, you will not wear a mask. Of course, if you walk the dog or ride a bike, you will not wear a mask. The mask is put on, to protect ourselves if there is a person closer than 1.5 m. If this is observed, there is no need for a mask. If it is not observed, there should be one," explained Dr. Kunchev.

Greece: Leader of Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Group, Michaloliakos, Jailed for 13 Years

Leaders of the Neo-Nazi party have been sentenced to prison for running a criminal gang. The ruling is the culmination of a trial that has been described as one of the most important in Greece's political history reports DW.

A Greek court on Wednesday handed a 13-year jail term to the leader of the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos, for running a criminal organization under the guise of a political party.

Six other former senior members were sentenced between 10 and 13 years on similar charges, and 11 former Golden Dawn lawmakers were sentenced to between five and seven years in prison for being members of a criminal group.

Golden Dawn has been blamed for organizing multiple, violent attacks targeting immigrants and left-wing activists. Most were carried out in Athens. 

The landmark ruling is the culmination of a five-year court case that involved more than 50 defendants convicted of crimes ranging from illegal weapons possession, murder and assault./DW

Bulgaria: Truck Fell Down from Asparuhov Bridge in Varna

A truck fell from Asparuhov Bridge in Varna - one of the longest bridges in the country. The truck fell through the guardrail onto the dry part of the surface under the bridge. The 45-year-old driver died on the spot.

The driver of the dump truck has lost control l in the highest part of the bridge, for unknown reasons. He turned right and passed through the steel-protective fence falling onto the island part below, the traffic police chief told Radio Varna.

The serious accident happened at about 2.15 pm today, in the lane in the direction of Burgas.

According to eyewitnesses of the accident, only one person was traveling in the truck.

Germany Introduces Measures For Another Three Districts of Bulgaria

Germany, is introducing measures to those arriving from 3 districts of Bulgaria, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The authorities in Berlin inform the Bulgarians that as part of the prevention against the coronavirus from Saturday, October 24, 2020, the country is introducing measures against those arriving from Sofia, Razgrad and Sliven.

As of today, the three districts have been added to the "List of Risk Areas" of the Robert Koch Institute, which already includes Blagoevgrad and Targovishte.

For all those who arrive in Germany and have been in a 'risk area' for the last 14 days, a mandatory coronavirus test requirement applies. It can also be made outside Germany, but within 48 hours before entering German territory. Only the presence of a negative test is grounds for exemption from 14-day home quarantine.

Quarantine does not apply to transit passengers through a "risk area".

The full list of risk areas you can see HERE

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminds that each federal state in Germany applies the quarantine rule in accordance with the local peculiarities of the spread of the coronavirus. In this regard, citizens are encouraged to check in advance the current specific requirements for the province to which they are traveling.

In addition, by the end of the year, Germany will allow foreigners whose passports and identity cards have expired to leave the country when the issuing country has announced that it is extending its validity.

In the spring, Germany announced that it accepted the proposal to recognize as valid, expired after March 13, 2020 Bulgarian personal documents with which our compatriots can leave the country on their way home. This term expires on December 31, 2020, after which Bulgarian citizens with expired personal documents will not be able to cross the German state border.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminds that in early October, in connection with the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany announced that it is extending the period for using expired personal documents of foreigners, including Bulgarian citizens, on the territory of the country until the end of 2020. The one-time extension is primarily aimed at preventing problems with the stay and residence of foreign nationals who are already in the territory of the Federal Republic.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs adds that all three Bulgarian consulates in Germany - the embassy in Berlin, as well the consulates general in Frankfurt and Munich - accept documents for renewal of expired Bulgarian ID cards and passports.

Bulgarian Judicial Council Will Discuss Opening of Procedure for Dismissal of Prosecutor General

Today the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) will discuss whether to start a procedure for preemptive dismissal of Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev. On September 30, the largest judicial organization, the Union of Judges in Bulgaria, sent a letter to the SJC, once again urging the council to analyze the Prosecutor General's conduct and initiate a procedure for his dismissal.

The Union of Judges points out a number of reasons why, in their opinion, the Judicial Council should start a procedure to remove Geshev.

  The judges also raise questions, such as whether the image of the judiciary system has been damaged by creating the impression that the prosecution has become a political center of power that does not depend on democratic procedures for seeking and exercising responsibility.

Meanwhile, lawyers from the second largest Bar Council in Bulgaria – Plovdiv  sent a written position to the members of the SJC, joining the request of the judges, and according to Plovdiv BAR there are sufficient legal grounds for Geshev's dismissal - a serious violation and systematic failure to perform official duties, as well as actions that damage prestige and public image of the Bulgarian judiciary system.

The discussion of possible disciplinary proceedings or a procedure for dismissal of the Prosecutor General is taking place on the background of a series of protests against Geshev.

COVID 19 in Germany: 11 000 Daily Cases - Highest on Record

Germany has again surpassed its record of daily coronavirus infections, with the country's Robert Koch institute for disease control reporting 11,287 new cases on Thursday, reports DPA.

The previous highest figure for cases recorded in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began was 7,830 on Saturday.

Germany is currently recording more daily coronavirus cases than at the start of the pandemic in March, although testing has been intensified significantly since then.

There were likely many more undetected cases earlier in the year before testing capacity was increased./DPA

Bulgaria: Shortage of Influenza Vaccines

The crisis in Bulgaria with the flu vaccines is getting worse. The new batch arrived at the pharmacies on Tuesday and was completely run out in literally hours. Some GPs also received fewer vaccines than reported, NOVA reports.

 There are no more vaccines on the free market, confirmed the Association of Pharmacy Owners. In just hours, all quantities received on Tuesday have been redeemed. The reason was the much smaller number of deliveries than the promised 70,000 units. And no new delivery is expected, said pharmacists.

 "I personally do not buy or vaccinate my family or myself. The flu vaccine is a wonderful medicine for people over 65 with concomitant diseases. It helps where the flu can strike hard. It contains several strains that may statistically come to the country.", commented Dr. Miroslav Nenkov.

"Every vaccine, even the flu vaccine, is planned at a number from the previous years," he explained why there is a shortage at the moment.

"In previous years, not many sales of this drug have been realized in the country - for one reason or another. That is, there is no logic, when the flu vaccine is planned at the beginning of the year, to provide a large amount, because someone will be scared of the current pandemic and will make such a vaccine completely unnecessary.

Dr. Nenkov strongly disagreed with the popular fears of vaccination.

"Every science, including medicine, is based on evidence. So far, since there are vaccines, there is no definite scientific evidence that they have harmed anyone, "said Dr. Nenkov.

COVID-19 in India: Coronavirus Has Infected More Than 7.6 Million

With a spike of 55,838 new COVID-19 cases and 702 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 cases reached 77,06,946 on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

As per the MoHFW, the COVID-19 count includes 7,15,812 active cases (dip by 24,278 since yesterday) and 68,74,518 cured/discharged/migrated cases (rise by 79,415 since yesterday). With 702 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death count due to the disease has reached 1,16,616. "On the global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases/million population.

With consistently falling CASE FATALITY RATE (1.51% presently), it also has one of the lowest #COVID19 mortality," Ministry of Health said in a tweet attaching pictures of two graphs.

The ministry highlighted the COVID-19 cases per million population in last 7 days, according to which there were 321 cases per million population in the last 7 days in the world, India-297, Brazil-692, Russia-723, Spain-819 and USA-1,195.
In graph 2, the ministry put out the data of deaths due to COVID-19 per million population, according to which there were 143 deaths per million population in the world, India-84, Russia-169, France-511, UK-644 and USA-660.

With 1,59,346 total active cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state by COVID-19 in the country. While 14,15,679 patients have recovered from the disease in the state, 42,633 have died so far.

Among other severely affected states, Karnataka has 1,00,459 active cases, while 6,71,618 people have recovered, 10,696 have succumbed to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 9,86,70,363 samples have been tested in the country for COVID-19 till Wednesday. This includes 14,69,984 samples tested on October 21. (ANI)

OUTDOOR MASKS: See Where and When To Wear Mask in Bulgaria

As of October 22, an anti-epidemic measure is introduced in Bulgaria for wearing a mask or other means covering the nose and mouth outdoors. It will be valid in case of crowding and impossibility to observe a physical distance of 1.5 m from the citizens.

Under these conditions, people should wear a mask or other means covering the nose and mouth (including a towel, scarf, helmet, etc.). The news was announced yesterday by the Minister of Health Prof. Kostadin Angelov


- All children over the age of 6 are required to wear a mask or other means covering the nose and mouth,
- It is not necessary to maintain a distance of 1.5 m between members of a household,
- Customers will be able to be served without a protective mask if mechanical partitions made of glass or other transparent material allowing disinfection are installed.

The order also contains several recommendations to employers. They include:

- Carrying out the work process in remote form if possible,
- Regular ventilation and disinfection,
- Physical distance between employers of 1.5 m,
- Provision of protective equipment.


- Customers in restaurants and drinking establishments,
- Outdoor and indoor athletes,
- Participants in congress-conference events, etc. similar during their speeches,
- Presenters and guests on TV shows.

Public are the places that are accessible to the citizens and / or are intended for public use.

According to the same order, persons providing administrative and other services to citizens should use the means of information and communication technologies and, if possible, provide the relevant services in an electronic environment./Nova TV

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: New Anti-Record, 1472 Daily Cases, 29 Deaths, 16,8 Per Cent Positive Tests

Bulgaria has set new negative records for the last 24 hours in terms of COVID-19. According to the National Information Portal, the new cases are 1,472 out of 8,738 PCR tests, which is 16.8%. The active cases are 14,689. 1,732 people are hospitalized, 107 of them in intensive care units.

In the past 24 hours, 29 people have died, at most one day since the beginning of the pandemic.

The most positive tests are in Sofia - 483, followed by Plovdiv - 147 and Burgas with 59. Only in Vidin district no new cases have been registered.

184 people were cured.

Actor Ron Moss from "B&B": The Virus Is Fabricated, CIA Friends Told Me


"The virus is fabricated, CIA friends told me."
This is what the actor Ron Moss said about the coronavirus in the show "Before noon" on BTV.
The star of the series "The Bold and the Beautiful" joined online directly from Italy.

"COVID-19 will last until November 3rd, when are the elections in the United States. Then it can take another form. But do you still believe everything you hear from the media around the world?!" Moss said.

"What you see and hear on the news is complete nonsense and is not true," he added. "The virus will end on November 3rd, because it is before the US presidential election. Why do you think COVID-19 will end then? Because everything that has happened so far with the virus is to prevent and avoide the elections, "said Moss.

For the last 4 months, actor and musician Ron Moss has been shooting the movie "Surprising Journey". It tells the story of a New York stockbroker who decides to buy a house in Puglia, Italy. He goes there to find a new life and discovers that the house he is buying does not exist, and then falls in love with the incredibly beautiful daughter of a businessman.

"It was about time for me to make a change," Moss said of his decision to break with "The Bold and the Beautiful", in which he became known for his role as Rich Forrester.

General Director of Bulgarian National Radio Resigns, Claims His Opinion Is Manipulated and Falsified

The director general of Bulgarian National Radio, Andon Baltakov, submitted a letter to the Electronic Media Council this morning informing the chairman of the supervisory body, Betina Joteva, that he would like his contract to be terminated early, as of November 1. He announced this himself on the radio.

"I am extremely outraged by the lack of managerial will for a change in the Bulgarian legislation, which would guarantee independent and completely free from political interference public Bulgarian National Radio," Baltakov stressed.

My opinion as General Director of the Bulgarian National Radio is being manipulated and falsified, Andon Baltakov added.

Bulgaria's PM Borissov Insists Minister of Health to Be More Clearer About Wearing Masks Outdoor

"An order of the Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov for obligatory wearing of masks outdoors will come into force tomorrow. I insist that every detail be described in it! It should be explained clearly and accurately to people that when a person walks alone on the street, rides a bicycle, walks in the park or is in open places where there is no crowding, it is not necessary to wear a mask. If they want, they could do it.", the Bulgarian Prime Minister wrote on his Facebook page.

He pointed out that strict adherence to the measures will help in protecting the health of citizens and doctors. The government has allocated nearly 2.5 million euros for the purchase of Remdesivir to provide treatment to patients with Covid-19 by the end of March 2021, the Prime Minister added./BNR

Bulgaria's President Rument Radev PCR Test is Negative
The result of the PCR test of President Rumen Radev, made after the return of the Bulgarian delegation from the visit to Estonia, is negative. This was announced by the press centre of the presidency. This is the second negative coronavirus test of the Bulgarian head of state in two consecutive days and the third in a week.

Yesterday it was reported that Radev was in contact with a person infected with Covid-19 and had to be quarantined. The president denied the information and described it as an "active campaign of well-wishers". This information was also cited as a reason for cancelling Radev's official meetings in Estonia.
At today's government session, Prime Minister Boyko Boriskov said that he had ordered SANS and the State Intelligence Agency to make a check over the words of President Radev that a conspiratorial operation had been carried out against him, our reporter Tsvetelina Stoyanova informed./BNR
EC Sent Letter to Bulgaria About the Citizenship by Investment Scheme

The European Commission has sent a letter to Bulgaria expressing its concerns about the acquiring of citizenship by investment regime.

Brussels wants further details from Sofia. The Bulgarian government has one month to respond to the letter requesting additional information, after which the Commission will decide on the next steps.

On October 20, the European Commission took legal actions against Cyprus and Malta in connection with their investor citizenship schemes, also known as "golden passport" schemes.

The Commission considers that the granting of the citizenship of those Member States, and hence of the citizenship of the Union, in return for a predetermined payment or investment and without a real connection with the countries concerned, is incompatible with the principle of loyal cooperation enshrined in Article 4, paragraph 3 of the Treaty on European Union. This also undermines the integrity of the citizenship status of the Union provided for in Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

Due to the nature of this citizenship, such schemes have implications for the Union as a whole. When a Member State grants citizenship, the person concerned automatically becomes an EU citizen and enjoys all rights related to that status, such as the right to free movement, reside and work within the EU or to vote in municipal elections, and in elections to the European Parliament.

As a result, the effects of acquiring citizenship by investment schemes are neither limited to the Member States that apply them nor neutral to other Member States and the EU as a whole.

The Commission considers that the granting of Union citizenship for predetermined payments or investments without a real link with the Member States concerned undermines the nature of Union citizenship.

The schemes for citizenship by investment allow the person concerned to acquire new citizenship on the basis of payment or investment only. These schemes differ from the schemes for acquiring the right of residence by investment ("golden visa"), which allow third-country nationals, subject to certain conditions, to obtain a residence permit in an EU country.

The conditions for acquiring and revoking national citizenship are set out in the national law of each Member State, with due regard for EU law. As the citizenship of a Member State is the only precondition for Union citizenship and access to the rights conferred by the Treaties, the Commission closely monitors the schemes for investors providing citizenship to the Member States.

The Commission has often expressed serious concerns about citizenship by investments schemes and some of the risks inherent in these schemes.

As stated in the Commission's January 2019 report, these risks relate in particular to security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and the Commission is monitoring broader issues related to compliance with EU law, arising from the schemes for granting citizenship and right of residence in exchange of investments.

In April 2020, the Commission sent a letter to the Member States concerned setting out its concerns and requesting further information on the schemes.

In a resolution adopted on 10 July 2020, the European Parliament reiterated its call on the Member States to abolish as soon as possible all existing schemes for citizenship by investment or residence by investment. As President Von der Leyen said in her speech on the State of the Union on 16 September 2020, "European values ??are not for sale"./BNT

PR Leaders Hill Knowlton Strategies and M3 Communications Group Inc Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

The anniversary was marked by an online discussion, attended by the global CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies AnnaMaria DeSalva

The leading PR company?3 Communications Group, Inc. celebrates 20 years of partnership with one of the largest PR corporations worldwide Hill+Knowlton Strategies. ?3 Communications Group, Inc.is theonly Bulgarian PR agencyto be a partner of the international leader in the communications business. Throughout the years, the companies have worked together on a number of international projects. Among the most impressive ones from the last year are the European Commission’s campaigns #YourEURight, whose goal is to increase the consumers’ awareness about their rights, and InvestEU, promoting successful projects, received European funding.

The anniversary of the partnership between M3 Communications Group, Inc. and Hill+Knowlton Strategies was celebrated with an online discussion in which representatives of both companies took part. The Global Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies AnnaMaria DeSalvawas the special guest of the event. It was also attended by other high-level managers of the global PR leader, including thePresident for Europe Ingo Heijnen and the European VP Jason Frayne. The PR experts discussed the partnership between the two companies as well as their future joint projects. The latest trends in the PR business and the changes caused by COVID-19 were also in the focus of the discussion.

Congratulations to ?3 Communications Group, Inc., on being part of Hill+Knowlton Strategies’s family for 20 years now. They are an absolutely valuable partner of ours that has always helped us on a local level and has worked with us on a number of large-scale projects. We thank them for their professionalism and dedication. We should all be happy to be part of the PR business in these challenging but extremely interesting times when the role of communications is more important than ever. I am glad that together we drive key changes for the sector”, commented AnnaMaria DeSalva, Global Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

It is a great honour for our team to be a partner of a global company like Hill+Knowlton Strategies. For more than 20 years now, we have been exchanging experience and sharing our passion for communications. I am happy that we have the opportunity to work with professionals with whom we set new trends in the PR business. I cordially thank our friends and colleagues from all more than 80 Hill+Knowlton Strategies offices around the world with whom we have partnered or will partner in the future”, said Maxim Behar, founder and CEO ofM3 Communications Group, Inc.

The partnership between the Bulgarian PR company and Hill+Knowlton Strategies started in 2000, when the President of the PR corporation at that time sent Maxim Behar an email with a proposal for cooperation. The CEO of M3 Communications Group, Inc.met the Executive Vice-presidentof the global PR corporation, Terence Billing, and shortly afterwards the Bulgarian company joined the Hill+Knowlton Strategies’s family.

US Mortality Data Indicates COVID-19 Death Toll Nearly Double

The true death toll from COVID-19 in US likely exceeds 400,000, nearly twice the official tally, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on an analysis of "excess deaths" in the first eight months of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The report defined excess deaths as the number of persons who have died from all causes, compared with average mortality, using data from 2015-2019 as the basis for comparison. "Overall, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths occurred from late January through October 3, 2020, with 198,081 (66 per cent) excess deaths attributed to COVID-19. The largest percentage increases were seen among adults aged 25-44 years and among Hispanic or Latino persons," the report said on Tuesday (local time).

The excess novel coronavirus deaths would be in addition to the official toll of 216,025 published by the CDC on October 15, the report said.

The total number of excess deaths ranged from a low of 841 for people under age 25 to a high of 94,646 among adults aged 75-84 years. However, the average percentage change in deaths compared with previous years was largest for adults aged 25-44 years (26.5 per cent), the report said.

The report noted that measures of excess deaths have been used to estimate the impact of past pandemics, as well as natural disasters, particularly when there are questions about potential undercount.
Official tallies of COVID-19-related deaths could be limited by factors such as the use of diagnostic testing, including postmortem testing, and inaccurate cause of death information on death certificates, according to the report. (ANI/Sputnik)

Glamorous Presentation of Maxim Behar’ Book on Leadership During COVID-19 in Sofia

Globally renown PR expert Maxim Behar reached best-selling book just a week after it came to the market

Businessmen, diplomats, celebrities and journalists were among the guests of the elegant gala premiere of the latest book of Maxim Behar – “The Morning After”, the first book known to be written about leadership during COVID-19. The event took place at Greenwich Book Center in Sofia, where “The Morning After” is the best-selling book for October 2020, according torecent reports. The premiere was also broadcastedlive on Facebook in front of an even larger audience of fans and readers.

"The Morning After” is the newest book by the PR expert and businessman Maxim Behar, focused on leadership, the economic and social challenges led by COVID-19, and how to overcome global crisis. In Bulgaria, the book is published by Faber Publishing House in Veliko Tarnovo, and the author personally took the first copy on September 25 from the publisher and owner Neyko Genchev.

The Morning After” reports an increase in demand within a month, since the second edition is almost sold out. The book can now be purchased from all major bookstores in the country.

"The Morning After" is a special book - it reflects on urgent issuesfacingthe global society since March 1, 2020. The book is mainly focused on my 25-year experience - how I restructured my business, how my company M3 Communications Group, Inc. pvercame the global crisis, caused by COVID-19. The book also consists of varous examples related to business in Europe and the United States,and authoritative advices by experts in various fields.”, shared Maxim Behar during the premiere.

The Morning After” is the fifth of Maxim Behar's books to be a great success in recent years. His latest book, The Global PR Revolution, reached No. 8 in the Top 100 of all-time PR books, ranked by BookAuthority.com.

What readers will find in "The Morning After"

The book "The Morning After" is a guide for modern leaders, in which Maxim Behar shares valuable tips for successful business. The book provides practical guidance on how to be more flexible and adapt more easily to the changing environment.

In the book readers can also find:

- 100 rules of the modern leader;

- Chronology of COVID-19;

- How did thepandemic affect the business;

- How to behave during video meetings;

- Atypical advice for atypical leaders.

What others say about the book

Authoritative opinions:

  • "Written lightly and with finesse, just the way the author can" - Georgi Milkov, journalist

  • “A must-read for modern leaders and managers” - Levon Hampartzoumian, financier

  • "Stylishly written, for those who want to know the truth" - Prof. Lyubomir Stoykov, media expert

  • "Interesting ideas that you should definitely read" - Plamen Rusev, IT entrepreneur

  • "Practice teaches best, Maxim has been proving it for years" - Svetlin Nakov, entrepreneur

  • "Read it to change your business and your life" - Solomon Passy, ??visionary

  • "A fascinating text for people who want to be heard" - Stefan Valdobrev, artist in life

Study: Mild, Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients May Not Be Infectious for More Than 10 Days

Recent studies have suggested that people with mild or no symptoms of coronavirus may be infectious for not more than about 10 days.

The review, published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. A review of dozens of studies by researchers at Oregon Health and Science University and Oregon State University suggests that people may shed virus for prolonged periods. People who are severely ill from COVID-19 may be infectious for as long as 20 days.

This is in line with the guidance provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirming recommendations for the length of time people should isolate following infection with SARS-CoV-2.

"Detection of viral RNA may not correlate with infectivity since available viral culture data suggests shorter durations of shedding of viable virus," as per the authors. "Additional data is needed to determine the duration of shedding of viable virus and the implications for risk of transmission."

Researchers decided to conduct the review to gain more information on transmission and to help inform infection control practices, said co-author Monica Sikka, MD, assistant professor of medicine (infectious diseases) in the OHSU School of Medicine.
"Even though people can shed virus for a prolonged period of time, the studies we reviewed indicated that live virus, which may predict infectiousness, was only detected up to nine days in people who had mild symptoms," Sikka said.

The researchers identified 77 studies worldwide, including 59 that had been peer-reviewed, and combed through the results. All studies reported assessments of viral shedding using standard methods to identify the virus by replicating it through a process called a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR.

"Although PCR positivity can be prolonged, culture data suggest that virus viability is typically shorter in duration," the authors added. (ANI)

Ukraine's Naftogaz Supports Expansion of US Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

Ukraine's Naftogaz has supported the US decision to expand sanctions against Russia's Nord Stream 2 project, the company said.

The United States has broadened the scope of its sanctions on Nord Stream 2 to allow for targeting companies that provide services or funding for vessels working on the pipeline project, the State Department said in a notice on Tuesday. "Naftogaz supports the US decision to expand sanctions against Nord Stream 2.

The State Department today released new sanctions instructions that expand the list of actors supporting Russian pipe-laying vessels involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2," Naftogaz said.

Naftogaz said it intended to continue cooperating with international partners on the issue.(ANI/Sputnik)

104 Days of Anti-Government Protests in Bulgaria

The 104th night of anti-government protests went smoothly. The main topic was the requirement of wearing masks outdoors in Bulgaria. Demonstrators set fire to protective equipment and chanted "No masks".

From the rostrum of the protest, the organizers of the "Poison Trio" announced that they are starting a series of meetings with non-parliamentary political forces in order to build mechanisms to protect the fairness of the upcoming vote.

Later, the protest march blocked the Eagle Bridge.

Education Minister of Bulgaria: No Masks in the Classrooms, Schools Will Close If 20% of Students Are Sick

Children do not have to wear protective masks during school hours. We keep the model so that an active learning process can take place. The positive thing about this model is that they do not have to wear masks in the classroom, and the negative is that if there is one infected, the whole class is quarantined. This was said in "This Morning" on bTV by the Minister of Education Krassimir Valchev.

To date, there are 8.5 per 1,000 students and teachers who have been quarantined, he added.

"The situation is dynamic and unpredictable, but our firm intention is to have maximum face-to-face training. We monitor the number of infected in each area. There are areas where the situation is worrying, "the minister said.

If 20% of students with symptoms similar to COVID-19 or the flu are present, the entire school will close, he added.

Seasonal flu and coronavirus will complicate the situation and that is why this rule was chosen, the minister explained.
The minister recommended that teachers wear safety helmets in classrooms and wear masks outside.

"During the training in an electronic environment, BGN 30 will be provided to teachers. There were no educators who did not teach during the closing of schools in the spring, "he added.

"The time is not far off when there will be one computer in each classroom. The funds for the purchase of 80,000 such devices have been approved by the EU, but the procedures are a bit slower, "Valchev said.

We are not considering extending the Christmas holidays, he added.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: Rise of Daily Cases to 1336

During the past 24 hours, 1,336 new people were registered in Bulgaria, infected with coronavirus during 11,505 PCR tests. This is shown by the data on the Unified Information Portal. Currently, the active cases in the country are 13,430.

In the last 24 hours, 261 infected people have been cured and 11 people have died, bringing the total number of victims of the virus in Bulgaria to 1,019.

Official: Outdoor masks are becoming mandatory

Most newly infected are registered in Sofia - 523, Plovdiv - 135 and Burgas - 78.

Currently, 1,633 patients are being treated in hospitals, of which 93 are in intensive care units.

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