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October 25 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Sunday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. He feels general discomfort and will stay at home. "After two [negative] PCR tests, I tested positive today. I feel general discomfort. The doctors recommended that I stay at home," Borissov wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon. He said he has informed the health authorities of all his contacts in the recent days. On October 23, Borissov said he was self-isolating after being in contact with Deputy Regional Development Minister Nikolay Nankov who had tested positive for the coronavirus. On Saturday the Sofia health inspectorate allowed the Prime Minister to end the quarantine after two negative tests. Borissov said in his Sunday.
October 25 (BTA) - A total of 1,043 COVID-19 infections were confirmed in past 24 hours through 7,094 PCR tests, according to data posted on on Sunday. The positivity rate is 14.7 per cent. Out of a total of 37,562 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 18,246 are active. The largest number of new cases are in the capital Sofia (393), followed by Plovdiv (76) and Varna (58). A total of 1,976 patients are hospitalized, including 138 in intensive care. In the past 24 hours, 7 people died, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,084. Recoveries in the last 24 hours number 130, bringing the total to 18,232. The newly infected health workers are 41. There are 1,872 COVID cases among medics, including 680 doctors and 626 nurses.
October 24 (BTA) - The Sofia regional health inspectorate said on Saturday that it has lifted the compulsory quarantine for Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his public relations assistant Sevdelina Arnaoudova after both tested negative for coronavirus on two consecutive days. On Friday, the Inspectorate put under quarantine Borissov, Arnaoudova and all close contacts of Deputy Regional Minister Nikolai Nankov after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Sofia, October 24 (BTA) - Bulgaria is introducing more restrictions as coronavirus infections remained high. In the capital Sofia, bars, clubs and discos will close for two weeks, and planned hospital admissions and surgeries will be cancelled. The decision to close night clubs was issued by the Sofia coronavirus taskforce and was announced by Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova in a Facebook post. The order for the temporary closure will become effective on October 25 and will be in place until November 8. Fandakova recalled that in recent days Sofia has hit the red zone with a constant increase in the number of coronavirus infections. The number of people who are hospitalized is also worrying, with 411 COVID-19 patients in hospital on Saturday.
October 24 (BTA) - There are 1,589 new coronavirus cases in Bulgaria after 9,831 PCR tests done in the 24 hours until midnight on Friday, according to the national coronavirus platform published Saturday morning. This adds up to a total of 36,519 confirmed cases, including 17,340 active cases. A total of 1,886 patients are hospitalized and 127 are in intensive care. The new recoveries total 269 adding up to 18,102 since the start of the pandemic. Thirteen people have died bringing the dealth toll of the pandemic to 1,077.
October 23 (BTA) - Conferring here on Friday, Bulgarian. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and visiting US Under Secretary of. State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith J. Krach welcomed the ever more vigorous political dialogue. between their countries as a result of the strategic. partnership, the Bulgarian Government Information Service said. in a press release.
October 23 (BTA) - Three major dams in Bulgaria have a low-water problem, while 15 others are on the verge of overflowing, Environment and Water Minister Emil Dimitrov said during Friday's question time in the National Assembly. The dams in the first group are Yastrebino, Ticha and Kamchia, all in the northeast of the country. Yastrebino Dam was initially designed for irrigation, but 15 years ago "it was connected to a town which would use 20,000 cubic metres of water per month," Dimitrov said, noting that if the facility is used only as a source of drinking water, its water reserves will be enough to use for 50 years.
October 23 (Desislava Velkova of BTA) - Climate change destroys about 1 per cent of artificial coniferous forests every year, BTA learned from Engr. Alexander Dounchev, an expert at the Southwestern State Forestry Unit. With an area of nearly 200,000 hectares, those forests account for a quarter of all forests in Bulgaria's south-west. The last few years have seen forest loss there due to climate change, he said. Forestry farms will concentrate on the conservation and transformation of those forests in the coming years - a task performed by sylviculturists in the past. A large portion of coniferous forests, including those in Blagoevgrad Region, were planted early in the 20th century following an ecological crisis which affected the whole c.
October 23 (BTA) - A total of 1,595 COVID-19 infections were confirmed in past 24 hours through 9,038 PCR tests, according to data posted on on Friday. The positivity rate is 17.65 per cent. Out of a total of 34,930 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 16,033 are active. The largest number of new cases are in Sofia (549), followed by Plovdiv (140) and Blagoevgrad (90). A total of 1,792 patients are hospitalized, including 112 in intensive care. In the past 24 hours, 16 people died, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,064. Recoveries in the last 24 hours number 235, bringing the total to 17,833. The infected health care workers total 1,786. LN/DD. //
October 22 (BTA) - The Director General of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) Andon Baltakov requested Wednesday that the Council for Electronic Media (CEM) terminate the contract with which he took over BNR management, as of November 1, the BNR said on its Horizont radio programme. "I am extremely disappointed by the lack of managerial will for changes in Bulgarian legislation that would guarantee that the BNR will remain independent and completely free from political interference," Baltakov told BNR. Baltakov explained that in a report by Culture Minister Boil Banov which proposes draft amendments to the Radio and Television Act, the BNR-approved text was replaced, which Baltakov describes as "absolutely arrogant and brazen manipulation"
October 22 (BTA) - A total of 1,472 COVID-19 infections were confirmed in past 24 hours through 8,738 PCR tests, according to data posted on on Thursday. This puts the share of positive test results at 16.8 per cent. Out of a total of 33,335 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 14,689 are active. In the past 24 hours, 29 people have died, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,048. The highest number of infections are in Sofia-city (483) and in Plovdiv (147). There are 1,727 total COVID-19 cases among medical staff. A total of 1,732 patients are hospitalized, 107 of which are in intensive care units. Recoveries in the last 24 hours number 184, bringing the total to 17,598. A new order from the Health Minister that requir.
October 21 (BTA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper Wednesday visited the Graf Ignatievo Air Base as part of a VIP Guest Day held there, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry said in a press release. The US official is quoted as saying that Bulgaria and the United States are building very strong bilateral relations, in the interest of the entire NATO. Cooper is also quoted as saying that there are strategic investments going beyond the short-term projects. The guest observed the joint air policing mission operating out of Graf Ignatievo Air Base. Other guests at the base were US Ambassador in Bulgaria Herro Mustafa, Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Bulgarian Deput.
October 21 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev has tested negative for COVID-19, his press secretariat said Wednesday. He was tested Tuesday upon returning from Estonia, where he led a Bulgarian delegation to a virtual summit of the Three Seas Initiative, hosted by the Estonian President. The President's press secretariat specified that this is Radev's second negative test result for coronavirus on two consecutive days (he was tested at the start of his official visit to Estonia on Monday) and his third since October 13, the day before his visit to Greece. On Tuesday, the President's press secretariat reported that Radev cut short his visit to Estonia due to "the complicated coronavirus situation" and "the impossibility to carry out all the eleme.

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