Bulgaria imposes lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge

Bulgaria said it would close schools, restaurants, shopping malls and gyms until march. 31 as it struggles to contain a surge in new coronavirus infections.

The restrictions, which will start late on Monday, are aimed at preventing a strained health system from being overwhelmed and at halting the spread of infections in the Balkan country of 7 million people.

“To ease the pressure on hospitals that are on the brink, we are introducing measures for 10 days,” Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said.

4, 201 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Bulgaria in the past 24 hours out of 17,652 tests performed, indicate data of the Single Coronavirus Information

The highest number of new infections was reported in Sofia-1,097, followed by Varna-305 and Burgas-291. The number of active cases of Covid-19 has exceeded 49,000.

There are 7,804 patients in hospital, as 609 of them are in intensive care units. 136 people have died and 1,641 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.

4,708 vaccines have been administered in Bulgaria in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of inoculations in this country to 350,702. 63,752 people have received their second vaccine dose. /BGNES