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Bulgaria reports ninth death of patient who had tested positive for Covid-19
A 57-year-old man who had tested positive for Covid-19 died at the intensive care unit of a hospital in the Bulgarian town of Kyustendil on the morning of April 1, […]
EC scientists develop control material to help prevent coronavirus test failures
European Commission scientists have designed new control material that laboratories can use to check the correct functioning of their coronavirus tests and to avoid false negatives, the EC said on […]
Unemployment in Bulgaria in February 2020 was 4.1% – Eurostat
Unemployment in Bulgaria in February 2020 was 4.1 per cent, unchanged from January and down from 4.7 per cent in February 2019, European Union statistics agency Eurostat said on April […]
Bulgaria’s road death toll in Q1 2020 is 25 lower than same time last year
The numbers of people who died or were injured in serious road accidents in Bulgaria in the first quarter of 2020 are significantly lower than at the same time last […]
Bulgarian MP tests positive for Covid-19, currently in hospital
Hassan Ademov, a member of Bulgaria’s National Assembly for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, has tested positive for Covid-19, Speaker Tsveta Karayancheva announced. Ademov is currently in hospital, operational […]
Bulgaria January-February 2020 Budget surplus at 1.48B leva
Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry said on March 31 that the consolidated Budget surplus for the first two months of 2020 was 1.48 billion leva, falling just short of the ministry’s forecast […]
National operational HQ: Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Bulgaria now 399
The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bulgaria was 399 as at 5pm on March 31, having risen by 20 since the 8am update and thus by 40 since […]
Bulgaria’s Health Minister rescinds order making masks compulsory in public places
Less than 24 hours after issuing an order making the wearing of protective masks when in indoor and outdoor public places compulsory, Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev withdrew it. He […]
Bulgaria issues hazardous weather warning over snow forecast for April 1
Bulgaria has issued the “Code Orange” warning of dangerous weather because of a forecast of heavy snow in two districts on April 1. The districts are Blagoevgrad and Smolyan in […]
EU adopts measures for immediate release of funds to tackle Covid-19 crisis
The Council of the European Union has adopted two legislative acts to quickly release funding from the EU budget for tackling the Covid-19 crisis, it said in a statement. One […]
Bulgaria granted citizenship to 997 people in 2018 – Eurostat
Bulgaria granted citizenship to 997 people in 2018, up by nine per cent compared with 2017, European Union statistics agency Eurostat said on March 31. The three largest groups were […]
Bulgaria grants grace period for purchases after making wearing masks in public compulsory
The grace period for the purchase of protective masks is midnight on April 4, national operational headquarters chief Major-General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski said, after Bulgaria’s Health Minister issued an order making […]
Covid-19: Bulgaria budget revision targets 2.9% deficit, raises 2020 borrowing ceiling
Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved on March 30 the draft budget revision, which sets a deficit of 2.9 per cent of target GDP and raises the annual borrowing ceiling for 2020 to […]
Covid-19: Bulgaria makes wearing a protective mask in public places compulsory
Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev issued an order on March 30 that everyone, when at indoor or outdoor public places, must wear a protective mask, a notice on the Health […]
Covid-19: Bulgaria Cabinet lists sectors eligible for aid, prepares Budget revision
Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved on March 30 the list of economic sectors eligible for government assistance to pay their employees and was set to hold a second sitting later in the […]
EC: Seasonal workers in agriculture should be treated as critical workers
The European Commission published on March practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers and on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. […]
EU provides hundreds of millions to Western Balkans, Eastern Partners, in fight against Covid-19
As part of the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has announced up to 38 million euro in immediate support for the Western Balkans to tackle the […]
European Commission puts online myth-busting, fact-checking page about Covid-19
The European Commission, which previously launched a coronavirus response website, launched on March 30 a dedicated section on fighting disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, providing materials for myth-busting and fact-checking. […]
Covid-19: Bulgarian Orthodox Church to hold Easter 2020 services outside churches
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church will hold its 2020 Palm Sunday and Easter services outside churches, it emerged after a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, operational headquarters chief Major-General […]
Poll: Business sentiment in Bulgaria turned gloomier in March
A regular monthly poll by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI) has found a gloomier view of the country’s business climate in March 2020. Carried out between March 2 and 18, […]
Covid-19: Bulgaria allocates further 45M leva for elderly living alone, people with disabilities
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Labor and Social Policy is allocating a further 45 million leva under the Human Resources Development Operational Programme in support of elderly people living alone and people […]
Bulgaria’s Plovdiv expands measures against spread of Covid-19
Stricter measures decided on by the Plovdiv municipal crisis staff against Covid-19 took effect in the city on March 30. No retail outlets may open, except for food shops, pharmacies, […]
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry: 300 fined 5000 leva each for breaking ban on visiting parks
A total of 300 people have been fined 5000 leva (about 2556 euro) each for breaking the ban on visiting parks and public gardens, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry chief secretary Ivailo […]
Covid-19: Bulgaria’s Finance Minister says preparing to borrow a billion euro – report
Bulgaria’s Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said in a March 29 television interview that he would table an amendment to the Budget, including creating the possibility to borrow a billion euro […]
What’s happening in Britain now the coronavirus has struck
We live in a small town near Norwich. We’re a small family of three plus a dog, who doesn’t care a jot, as long as he’s fed and walked! The […]
Covid-19: 92 fines issued in a single day in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv for breaking ban on visiting parks
A total of 92 fines were issued in a single day in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv for breaking the ban on visiting parks and other public spaces, with each […]
17 medical personnel among 346 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Bulgaria
The total number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Bulgaria is now 346, including 17 medical personnel, national operational headquarters chief Major-General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski told a briefing […]
Covid-19: Bulgaria fines people for breaking ban on visiting parks, Bourgas removes benches
Fines have been issued in Bulgaria’s cities of Sofia and Varna for people visiting parks in violation of the ban, while in the southern Black Sea city of Bourgas, mayor […]
Bulgaria’s Bansko awaits end of Covid-19 quarantine
Restaurateurs and hoteliers, as well as other businesses, in the Bulgarian mountain resort of town of Bansko face enormous challenges as it awaits the end of its quarantine, currently scheduled […]
Only 10 flights to depart Bulgaria’s Sofia Airport on March 30
Only 10 scheduled commercial passenger flights are due to depart from, and 10 to arrive at, Sofia Airport on March 30, according to the airport’s website. In each case, half […]

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