Covid-19: Bulgarian govt restricts public events and classes amid increase in cases

The health authorities of Bulgaria have been introducing new measures to curb the surge in the Covid-19 cases across the country. The country is also dealing with the threat of a new Covid-19 variant – Omicron.

Amid this, the authorities have urged to limit the in-person classes in the schools and ban the mass event and gathering in public as these are one of the reasons behind the increase in the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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Sofia district governor Ivan Kyuchukov said that some of the anti-infection measures would be implemented from January 24, Monday, while some will be from January 27, Thursday.

Schools to switch to distance learning:

The Bulgarian government has asked the schools, both private and public, to limit the physical classes and switch to the distance learning or offline classes.

Students of classes from 5th to 9th and 11th in Bulgaria’s capital city will attend online classes from January 24. Whereas, students from classes 10th and 12th will participate in in-person classes until January 31.

The ban at the mass gathering:

The authorities further mentioned that mass events and public gatherings should be avoided. It added that the bars and restaurants must operate at 50 percent of their capacity and must be closed at or before 10 in the night.

These precautions are supposed to come into effect from January 27.

According to the Bulgaria’s unified information portal, on Friday, the country reported about 8,932 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 860,877. Around 87 people lost their lives to the virus, in the past 24 hours. The country’s vaccination rate against Covid-19 is the lowest in the European Union.

According to the statics on January 21, in the country, around 5,198 people have been admitted to the hospital and seeking treatment for the virus, and 530 have been admitted to the intensive care units.

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