Bulgaria’s leaders self-isolate after speaker COVID-positive

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Bulgaria’s health officials say the country’s top leaders are self-isolating after coming in contact with a parliamentary speaker who tested positive for coronavirus

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Parliament’s press office said Speaker Nikola Minchev felt unwell and later tested positive for COVID-19.

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Minchev was present on Monday at a six-hour meeting of the country’s National Security Council, which was chaired by President Rumen Radev and attended by Prime Minister Kirill Petkov, several prominent ministers and heads of security and intelligence services, as well as leaders Was. Parties represented in Parliament.

Since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, the Balkan country of 6.5 million people has recorded a total of 787,178 cases, including 31,672 deaths. Health officials are warning that increasing infections from the Omron version could put pressure on hospitals.

On Tuesday, officials confirmed 6,761 new cases of coronavirus and 116 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Bulgaria is the least vaccinated country in the 27-member EU, with only a third of the population being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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