Bulgaria plans to extend emergency until May 13

Bulgaria plans to extend emergency until May 13
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Bulgaria plans to extend its national emergency by a month to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed cases rose to 422, APA reports citing Reuters.

The Black Sea state’s parliament voted unanimously on March 13 to declare a state of emergency until April 13. Тhe government said it would ask parliament to extend that until May 13.

“Bulgaria was making every effort possible to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, but the full extent of the crisis could not yet be assessed,” the government said.

“The pressure on the healthcare system can only be reduced by extending the social distancing measures.”

 

Like other countries in Europe, Bulgaria has introduced strict curbs on travel between cities and abroad, closed schools, restaurants and bars and restricted access to parks.

The town of Kozloduy, site of the country’s sole nuclear power plant, and the province of Stara Zagora in southern Bulgaria imposed a night curfew that bars residents and visitors from leaving their homes.

As of Wednesday, Bulgaria has confirmed nine deaths from the illness.

Parliamentary speaker Tsveta Karayancheva told an emergency briefing that all lawmakers were undergoing tests after a member of parliament tested positive on Tuesday.

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