COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria

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COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria
Number of confirmed cases in Bulgaria by province (as of 7 May)[1]
  0 confirmed
  1–9 confirmed
  10–49 confirmed
  50–99 confirmed
  100+ confirmed
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China (globally)
Index casePleven, Gabrovo
Arrival date8 March 2020
Confirmed cases2,100
Active cases1,480
Government website
Bulgarian Ministry of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Bulgaria in March 2020.

Cases[change | change source]

The first case was confirmed on 8 March 2020, a 27-year-old man from Pleven and a 75-year-old woman from Gabrovo. Neither of the two had traveled to areas with known coronavirus cases. The man tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized for a respiratory infection.[2] Two other samples in Pleven and Gabrovo were positive on 8 March.[3]

Response[change | change source]

After the number of patients in the country had reached 23, the Bulgarian Parliament voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency from 13 March until 13 April.[4]

A 14-day preventive house quarantine was made for citizens who have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient or have returned from an overseas region with a high number of cases.

For patients tested positive for the virus a 21-day house quarantine was created. The National Crisis-management Staff later increased the recovery house quarantine by a week to 28 days.[5] With the continuing increase of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, on 1 April the Bulgarian government requested that Parliament extends the state of emergency by one month until 13 May.[6]

Numbers[change | change source]

As of 14 May 2020, there are 2,100 officially confirmed cases spread throughout all Bulgarian provinces, with 99 recorded deaths and 521 recoveries. A total of 61,711 PCR tests (or 8,868 per million citizens) had been performed by 13 May, with 3.40% being positive.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Коронавирус COVID-19 на територията на България". ESRI Bulgaria: COVID-19 Tracker (in Bulgarian). 28 March 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  2. "Bulgaria, Moldova Report First Coronavirus Cases". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 8 March 2020.
  3. "Проф. Тодор Кантарджиев: От Плевен имаме две положителни проби за коронавирус, от Габрово също" (in Bulgarian). 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  4. "НС прие с пълно единодушие обявяването на извънредно положение в цялата страна - По света и у нас". (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. "28-дневна карантина за заразени с коронавирус - България". (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  6. "Коронавирус: В България удължават извънредното положение". Deutsche Welle (in Bulgarian). 1 April 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  7. "Новини". (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2020-04-22.