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Bulgaria extends COVID-19 emergency until March 2022

Christian Fernsby |
The Bulgarian government on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 emergency epidemic situation by four months until March 31 next year.

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"The prolongation of the epidemic emergency is aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19," it said in a press release.

The public health restrictions currently in force will continue to apply to those entering the country to prevent the importation and spread of new COVID-19 variants, the press release said.

Surges of COVID-19 continue throughout Bulgaria, it said, adding that in 93 percent of the country's regions, the 14 day incidence rate is over 500 cases per 100,000 population.

The country's low immunization rate has significantly contributed to the high infection rate, the press release said.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, only 29.3 percent of Bulgaria's 6.9 million people are fully vaccinated, making it the lowest rate in the European Union.

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