Metropolitan Neofit of Sofia, the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, has drawn anger - and some ridicule - after his office said church services would continue in the country - despite concerns about transmission of the coronavirus - as the holy sacraments could not possibly transmit a disease.
Four cases of coronavirus are confirmed in Bulgaria.
This was announced at an emergency briefing by the National Operations Headquarters. The samples of a 75-year-old woman in Gabrovo and a 27-year-old man in Pleven have been confirmed. In addition, a 61-year-old man from Pleven, who has pulmonary problems, as well as a medical officer at a hospital in Gabrovo, are positive.
The first two cases of coronavirus in Bulgaria were registered. This was confirmed by the National Operations Headquarters at an emergency briefing at midnight. It is a 27-year-old patient from Pleven and a 75-year-old patient from Gabrovo. People who have been in contact with them in recent days will also be quarantined.
The current mayor of Pleven, Georg Spartanski, won another term. Today, he collected 53.1% of the votes of his fellow citizens, according to the exit poll data of Alpha Research, reported by BNT. His rival and current Pleven district governor Miroslav Petrov of GERB received 43.8 percent of the votes.
Trend Agency presented exit poll data for the turnout in some of the district cities that elect its mayors on Sunday. The figures were presented by sociologist Dimitar Ganev on the air of NOVA Sunday.
Here are how many of the eligible voters went to the ballot box:
Sofia - 26.3%
Plovdiv - 20,9%
Varna - 19.3%
Pleven - 27.3%
Rousse - 25.7%