Bulgaria imposes new restrictions due to the increasing number of COVID-19 infections

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Bulgaria, the country with the fewest vaccinated people in the European Union, has seen an increase in the number of infections in recent weeks, mostly with Delta infections, which are extremely infectious.

In the last week, the country registered over 1500 new cases daily. In Bulgaria, between January 3, 2020 and September 3, 2021, there were 459.051 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 19.001 deaths, reported by WHO. As of August 31, 2021, a total of 2.312.605 doses of vaccine had been administered.

Under the new restrictions, which will be in place until the end of October, music festivals will be banned, while cinemas and theaters will have to operate at 50% capacity. Bulgarian restaurants and bars will have to close at 22:00 on September 7, while indoor sports competitions will take place without spectators, Health Minister Stoicho Katsarov said.

Students will be allowed to attend classes when the school year begins on Sept. 15, Katsarov said, but warned that if infections continue to grow, they may have to go online.

Managers of all Bulgarian administrations need to reorganize the work process, establishing the working hours with variable limits and the beginning of the working day between 7.30 and 10. They are also required to remotely assign at least 50% of the staff, unless, depending on the nature of the work, this it is not possible.

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