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Presidents Rumen Radev and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: Under Conditions of Crisis, Solidarity Should not Remain only in Words

Under conditions of crisis, European solidarity should not remain only in words. The quick coping with the situation created by the coronavirus in Europe requires that the European institutions and member states should pool joint efforts. This was the common stance adopted by the Presidents of Bulgaria and Portugal, Rumen Radev and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who held a telephone conversation.

2 New Cases of COVID-19

This was made clear at the National Operations Headquarters morning briefing.

The number of coronavirus infected in the country is already 220. At a morning briefing at the National Operations Headquarters, General Ventsislav Mutafchiiski announced two more cases of infected with COVID-19 in Bulgaria.

Strong Wind, Heavy Snow Causes Power Outages in Six Villages in Lom Region

Six villages in the municipality of Lom in Northern Bulgaria woke up with power outages due to strong wind on March 24.Electricity supply was restored early in the afternoon.

All roads are cleared from the snow and sanded. They are passable in winter conditions. Snow drifts in the region of Lom have been cleaned, the head of the District Road Management, Ilya Iliev said.

More than EUR 2.7 Million Raised for Combatting COVID-19

At 6 PM on 24 March the number of registered coronavirus cases in Bulgaria is 218, announced Gen. Ventsislav Mutafchiiski, head of the National Crisis Staff at a regular press briefing, BNR reported.

218 COVID-19 Infected in Bulgaria

There are 16 new COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria. This was announced at a regular briefing by Prof. Ventsislav Mutafchiiski.

The number of the cases may increase as the laboratories are still working.

Turkish Airlines Suspend Flights

The company Turkish Airlines suspends its flights to Bulgaria until 17 April 2020. The measure is taken because of the COVID-19 infection. It became clear that Turkish Airlines will suspend all of its flights.

The last Turkish Airlines flight to Sofia will take place on 25 March at 8.35 AM local time. 

More information will be provided.

Wizz Air Stops all Flights to and from Varna

From tomorrow, March 25, 2020, Wizz Air will stop all its flights to and from Varna until May 1, 2020.

This measure is taken to limit the spread of the pandemic. Passengers with reservations affected by the flight stop will be automatically notified by email if they have made their reservations directly on or through the airline's mobile application.

200,000 Bulgarians Returned to the Country in the Last Week

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Bulgarians have returned to the country in the recent weeks alone. 23,000 Bulgarians returned to the country in the past 24 hours alone. This was announced by Professor Ventsislav Mutafchiiski.

Of those, 8,000 have returned to their homeland by plane, and another 15,000 have opted for land transport.

Bulgarian Parliament Accepts President’s Veto on the State of Emergency Measures Act

Bulgaria's Parliament on March 23 voted to approve the President's veto on the State of Emergency Measures Act. The law was passed on March 13 and provided for regulating the measures and actions during the month-long state of emergency introduced in connection with the coronavirus epidemic, BNT reported.

Number of Refused US Visas for Bulgarians Declining

The United States has refused to issue entry visas for 9.75% of all applications submitted by Bulgarians in 2019, according to the European Commission. Statistics show a steady decline in refusals - from 17.3% in 2015, 16.9% in 2016, 14.97% in 2017 and 11.32% in 2018, BNR reported.

201 COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria

11 new COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria.
201 are the coronavirus infected in Bulgaria, the head of the National Operations Headquarters for combating the spread of the coronavirus Prof. Dr. Ventsislav Mutafchiiski announced at a briefing.
"In Dupnitsa - one patient, in Pazardzhik - two, they are family. In Dobrich - one patient. And in Sofia, 7 people, "said Gen. Mutafchiiski.

Bulgaria has Ordered 1 Million COVID-19 Tests

Bulgaria has requested 1 million tests for COVID-19 in the joint European order, it became clear from the words of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who is in Pernik for the launch of the new water supply system.

"Today, I personally ordered 1 million tests," the prime minister said.