COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria

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COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria
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DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationBulgaria
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China (globally)
Index casePleven, Gabrovo
Arrival date8 March 2020 (1 year, 1 month, 1 week and 5 days ago)
Confirmed cases386,381
Active cases65,508
Hospitalized cases9,229
Critical cases783
Recovered306,678
Deaths
15,195
Fatality rate3.93%
Government website
Coronavirus.bg

The COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have spread to Bulgaria when the country's first cases, a 27-year-old man from Pleven and a 75-year-old woman from Gabrovo, were confirmed on 8 March 2020. Neither of the two had traveled to areas with known coronavirus cases which is maybe because the PCR test that was used is deffective. The man tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized for a respiratory infection, and authorities announced plans to test several people who were in contact with the two individuals.[1] Two other samples in Pleven and Gabrovo were positive on 8 March.[2] Patient zero remains unknown.[3]

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 introduced 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 introduced. This time span is counted from the day a subsequent test comes out negative after they have been treated in a hospital or at home. After the World Health Organization (WHO) has established that COVID-19 is more resilient than the initial data was showing, the National Crisis-management Staff increased the recovery house quarantine by a week to 28 days.[5] With the continuing increase of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, the Bulgarian government requested on 1 April that Parliament extend the state of emergency by one month until 13 May.[6]

As of 1 February 2021, there are 218,748 officially confirmed cases spread throughout all Bulgarian provinces, with 9,045 recorded deaths and 187,052 recoveries. A total of 1,391,560 PCR tests (or 201,163 per million citizens) had been performed by 1 February, with 15.71% being positive.[7]

Background[edit]

A National Crisis-management Staff was formed by the Bulgarian government on 5 March to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.[8] The Government has appointed Major General Professor Doctor Vencislav Mutafchiyski as the Chairman of the Staff. MG Prof. Dr. Mutafchiyski is the Director of the Military Medical Academy and the most senior medical officer of the Bulgarian Armed Forces. He is a belly surgeon and does't know anything about the viruses. The MMA combines the military medical servics of the country in their entirety with several hospitals in the capital Sofia and around the country. At the same time it is one of the country's leading medical institutions and possesses large medical treatment capacity and know-how. The Staff fulfills a direct operational role in the management of the crisis and its decisions are implemented through executive orders of Bulgaria's Prime Minister and the country's Minister of Health.[citation needed]

On 23 March a separate Medical Council for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic was appointed by the Prime Minister. The council was chaired by Professor Kosta Kostov, a leading pulmonary disease expert. The council's mission was to provide the government with complementary analysis and action proposals and the general public with professional guidance and information. Unlike the National Crisis-management Staff, which is a formal national institution with executive power and tasks, the council had mostly a knowledge-based advisory role.[9] On 4 April the Medical Council dispersed, having achieved its purpose, according to its Chairman.[10]

Timeline[edit]

March[edit]

8 March[edit]

On 8 March 2020, Bulgaria confirmed its first two cases, a 27-year-old man from Pleven and a 75-year-old woman from Gabrovo. Neither of the two reported having traveled to areas with known coronavirus cases. The man tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized for a respiratory infection, and authorities announced plans to test several people who were in contact with the two individuals.[1] Two other samples in Pleven and Gabrovo were found positive on 8 March.[2] Patient zero remains unknown.[3]

On the same day, the hospital in Gabrovo requested additional personnel from other hospitals in the country, as it only had three communicable diseases specialists. All of its internal medicine specialists have been quarantined after one of the four initial cases was confirmed to be a nurse at the hospital.[11] The government issued a nationwide ban on closed-door public events.[12] The origin of the outbreak remains unknown, and the Ministry of Interior is tracking down all individuals who have been in contact with the patients.[13] As of 8 March, 254 suspected cases were under quarantine across the country.[14]

10 March[edit]

COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMar
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-08 4(n.a.)
2020-03-09 4(=)
2020-03-10
6(+2)
2020-03-11
7(+1) 1(n.a.)
2020-03-12
23(+16) 1(=)
2020-03-13
31(+8) 1(=)
2020-03-14
41(+10) 2(+1)
2020-03-15
51(+10) 2(=)
2020-03-16
62(+11) 2(=)
2020-03-17
81(+19) 2(=)
2020-03-18
92(+11) 2(=)
2020-03-19
105(+13) 3(+1)
2020-03-20
127(+22) 3(=)
2020-03-21
163(+36) 3(=)
2020-03-22
187(+24) 3(=)
2020-03-23
201(+14) 3(=)
2020-03-24
218(+17) 3(=)
2020-03-25
242(+24) 3(=)
2020-03-26
264(+22) 3(=)
2020-03-27
293(+29) 3(=)
2020-03-28
331(+38) 7(+4)
2020-03-29
334(+3) 8(+1)
2020-03-30
359(+25) 8(=)
2020-03-31
399(+40) 8(=)
2020-04-01
422(+23) 9(+1)
2020-04-02
457(+35) 10(+1)
2020-04-03
485(+28) 14(+4)
2020-04-04
503(+18) 17(+3)
2020-04-05
531(+28) 20(+3)
2020-04-06
549(+18) 22(+2)
2020-04-07
577(+28) 23(+1)
2020-04-08
593(+16) 24(+1)
2020-04-09
618(+25) 24(=)
2020-04-10
635(+17) 25(+1)
2020-04-11
661(+26) 28(+3)
2020-04-12
675(+14) 29(+1)
2020-04-13
685(+10) 32(+3)
2020-04-14
713(+28) 35(+3)
2020-04-15
747(+34) 36(+1)
2020-04-16
800(+53) 38(+2)
2020-04-17
846(+46) 41(+3)
2020-04-18
878(+32) 41(=)
2020-04-19
894(+16) 42(+1)
2020-04-20
929(+35) 43(+1)
2020-04-21
975(+46) 45(+2)
2020-04-22
1,024(+49) 49(+4)
2020-04-23
1,097(+73) 52(+3)
2020-04-24
1,188(+91) 54(+2)
2020-04-25
1,247(+59) 54(=)
2020-04-26
1,300(+53) 56(+2)
2020-04-27
1,363(+63) 58(+2)
2020-04-28
1,399(+36) 58(=)
2020-04-29
1,447(+48) 64(+6)
2020-04-30
1,506(+59) 66(+2)
2020-05-01
1,555(+49) 68(+2)
2020-05-02
1,594(+39) 72(+4)
2020-05-03
1,618(+24) 73(+1)
2020-05-04
1,652(+34) 78(+5)
2020-05-05
1,704(+52) 80(+2)
2020-05-06
1,778(+74) 84(+4)
2020-05-07
1,829(+51) 84(=)
2020-05-08
1,872(+43) 86(+2)
2020-05-09
1,921(+49) 90(+4)
2020-05-10
1,965(+44) 91(+1)
2020-05-11
1,990(+25) 93(+2)
2020-05-12
2,023(+33) 95(+2)
2020-05-13
2,069(+46) 96(+1)
2020-05-14
2,100(+31) 99(+3)
2020-05-15
2,138(+38) 102(+3)
2020-05-16
2,175(+37) 105(+3)
2020-05-17
2,211(+36) 108(+3)
2020-05-18
2,235(+24) 110(+2)
2020-05-19
2,259(+24) 112(+2)
2020-05-20
2,292(+33) 116(+4)
2020-05-21
2,331(+39) 120(+4)
2020-05-22
2,372(+41) 125(+5)
2020-05-23
2,408(+36) 126(+1)
2020-05-24
2,427(+19) 130(+4)
2020-05-25
2,433(+6) 130(=)
2020-05-26
2,443(+10) 130(=)
2020-05-27
2,460(+17) 133(+3)
2020-05-28
2,477(+17) 134(+1)
2020-05-29
2,485(+8) 136(+2)
2020-05-30
2,499(+14) 139(+3)
2020-05-31
2,513(+14) 140(+1)
2020-06-01
2,519(+6) 140(=)
2020-06-02
2,538(+19) 144(+4)
2020-06-03
2,560(+22) 146(+2)
2020-06-04
2,585(+25) 147(+1)
2020-06-05
2,627(+42) 159(+12)
2020-06-06
2,668(+41) 160(+1)
2020-06-07
2,711(+43) 160(=)
2020-06-08
2,727(+16) 160(=)
2020-06-09
2,810(+83) 164(+4)
2020-06-10
2,889(+79) 167(+3)
2020-06-11
2,993(+104) 167(=)
2020-06-12
3,086(+93) 168(+1)
2020-06-13
3,169(+83) 172(+4)
2020-06-14
3,266(+97) 172(=)
2020-06-15
3,290(+24) 174(+2)
2020-06-16
3,341(+51) 176(+2)
2020-06-17
3,453(+112) 181(+5)
2020-06-18
3,542(+89) 184(+3)
2020-06-19
3,674(+132) 190(+6)
2020-06-20
3,755(+81) 193(+3)
2020-06-21
3,872(+117) 199(+6)
2020-06-22
3,905(+33) 199(=)
2020-06-23
3,984(+79) 207(+8)
2020-06-24
4,114(+130) 208(+1)
2020-06-25
4,242(+128) 209(+1)
2020-06-26
4,408(+166) 211(+2)
2020-06-27
4,513(+105) 215(+4)
2020-06-28
4,625(+112) 216(+1)
2020-06-29
4,691(+66) 219(+3)
2020-06-30
4,831(+140) 223(+4)
2020-07-01
4,989(+158) 230(+7)
2020-07-02
5,154(+165) 232(+2)
2020-07-03
5,315(+161) 232(=)
2020-07-04
5,497(+182) 239(+7)
2020-07-05
5,677(+180) 241(+2)
2020-07-06
5,740(+63) 246(+5)
2020-07-07
5,914(+174) 250(+4)
2020-07-08
6,102(+188) 254(+4)
2020-07-09
6,342(+240) 259(+5)
2020-07-10
6,672(+330) 262(+3)
2020-07-11
6,964(+292) 267(+5)
2020-07-12
7,175(+211) 267(=)
2020-07-13
7,252(+77) 268(+1)
2020-07-14
7,411(+159) 276(+8)
2020-07-15
7,645(+234) 283(+7)
2020-07-16
7,877(+232) 289(+6)
2020-07-17
8,144(+267) 293(+4)
2020-07-18
8,442(+298) 297(+4)
2020-07-19
8,638(+196) 299(+2)
2020-07-20
8,733(+95) 300(+1)
2020-07-21
8,929(+196) 308(+8)
2020-07-22
9,254(+325) 313(+5)
2020-07-23
9,584(+330) 321(+8)
2020-07-24
9,853(+269) 329(+8)
2020-07-25
10,123(+270) 337(+8)
2020-07-26
10,312(+189) 338(+1)
2020-07-27
10,427(+115) 340(+2)
2020-07-28
10,621(+194) 347(+7)
2020-07-29
10,871(+250) 355(+8)
2020-07-30
11,155(+284) 368(+13)
2020-07-31
11,420(+265) 374(+6)
2020-08-01
11,690(+270) 383(+9)
2020-08-02
11,836(+146) 385(+2)
2020-08-03
11,955(+119) 388(+3)
2020-08-04
12,159(+204) 404(+16)
2020-08-05
12,414(+255) 415(+11)
2020-08-06
12,717(+303) 424(+9)
2020-08-07
13,014(+297) 435(+11)
2020-08-08
13,209(+195) 442(+7)
2020-08-09
13,343(+134) 445(+3)
2020-08-10
13,396(+53) 447(+2)
2020-08-11
13,512(+116) 459(+12)
2020-08-12
13,722(+210) 471(+12)
2020-08-13
13,893(+171) 482(+11)
2020-08-14
14,069(+176) 484(+2)
2020-08-15
14,243(+174) 492(+8)
2020-08-16
14,333(+90) 495(+3)
2020-08-17
14,365(+32) 498(+3)
2020-08-18
14,500(+135) 512(+14)
2020-08-19
14,669(+169) 519(+7)
2020-08-20
14,820(+151) 527(+8)
2020-08-21
14,962(+142) 532(+5)
2020-08-22
15,131(+169) 539(+7)
2020-08-23
15,227(+96) 545(+6)
2020-08-24
15,287(+60) 545(=)
2020-08-25
15,386(+99) 563(+18)
2020-08-26
15,589(+203) 572(+9)
2020-08-27
15,751(+162) 586(+14)
2020-08-28
15,908(+157) 594(+8)
2020-08-29
16,065(+157) 603(+9)
2020-08-30
16,164(+99) 605(+2)
2020-08-31
16,190(+26) 613(+8)
2020-09-01
16,266(+76) 629(+16)
2020-09-02
16,454(+188) 642(+13)
2020-09-03
16,617(+163) 648(+6)
2020-09-04
16,775(+158) 658(+10)
2020-09-05
16,954(+179) 665(+7)
2020-09-06
17,050(+96) 671(+6)
2020-09-07
17,089(+39) 676(+5)
2020-09-08
17,146(+57) 677(+1)
2020-09-09
17,313(+167) 692(+15)
2020-09-10
17,435(+122) 702(+10)
2020-09-11
17,598(+163) 706(+4)
2020-09-12
17,799(+201) 713(+7)
2020-09-13
17,891(+92) 717(+4)
2020-09-14
17,918(+27) 720(+3)
2020-09-15
18,061(+143) 729(+9)
2020-09-16
18,216(+155) 736(+7)
2020-09-17
18,390(+174) 739(+3)
2020-09-18
18,544(+154) 749(+10)
2020-09-19
18,733(+189) 753(+4)
2020-09-20
18,819(+86) 755(+2)
2020-09-21
18,863(+44) 761(+6)
2020-09-22
19,014(+151) 765(+4)
2020-09-23
19,123(+109) 767(+2)
2020-09-24
19,283(+160) 779(+12)
2020-09-25
19,573(+290) 785(+6)
2020-09-26
19,828(+255) 789(+4)
2020-09-27
19,997(+169) 789(=)
2020-09-28
20,055(+58) 796(+7)
2020-09-29
20,271(+216) 807(+11)
2020-09-30
20,547(+276) 813(+6)
2020-10-01
20,833(+286) 825(+12)
2020-10-02
21,096(+263) 832(+7)
2020-10-03
21,336(+240) 838(+6)
2020-10-04
21,518(+182) 841(+3)
2020-10-05
21,587(+69) 844(+3)
2020-10-06
21,870(+283) 854(+10)
2020-10-07
22,306(+436) 862(+8)
2020-10-08
22,743(+437) 873(+11)
2020-10-09
23,259(+516) 880(+7)
2020-10-10
23,871(+612) 887(+7)
2020-10-11
24,319(+448) 891(+4)
2020-10-12
24,402(+83) 892(+1)
2020-10-13
24,989(+587) 915(+23)
2020-10-14
25,774(+785) 923(+8)
2020-10-15
26,593(+819) 929(+6)
2020-10-16
27,507(+914) 944(+15)
2020-10-17
28,505(+998) 958(+14)
2020-10-18
29,108(+603) 968(+10)
2020-10-19
29,503(+395) 986(+18)
2020-10-20
30,527(+1,024) 1,008(+22)
2020-10-21
31,863(+1,336) 1,019(+11)
2020-10-22
33,335(+1,472) 1,048(+29)
2020-10-23
34,930(+1,595) 1,064(+16)
2020-10-24
36,519(+1,589) 1,077(+13)
2020-10-25
37,562(+1,043) 1,084(+7)
2020-10-26
37,889(+327) 1,094(+10)
2020-10-27
40,132(+2,243) 1,136(+42)
2020-10-28
42,701(+2,569) 1,161(+25)
2020-10-29
45,461(+2,760) 1,197(+36)
2020-10-30
48,150(+2,689) 1,225(+28)
2020-10-31
51,041(+2,891) 1,254(+29)
2020-11-01
52,844(+1,803) 1,279(+25)
2020-11-02
54,069(+1,225) 1,298(+19)
2020-11-03
56,496(+2,427) 1,349(+51)
2020-11-04
60,537(+4,041) 1,412(+63)
2020-11-05
64,591(+4,054) 1,466(+54)
2020-11-06
68,345(+3,754) 1,518(+52)
2020-11-07
72,184(+3,839) 1,576(+58)
2020-11-08
74,485(+2,301) 1,632(+56)
2020-11-09
75,160(+675) 1,665(+33)
2020-11-10
78,976(+3,816) 1,771(+106)
2020-11-11
83,366(+4,390) 1,851(+80)
2020-11-12
87,311(+3,945) 1,898(+47)
2020-11-13
90,725(+3,414) 1,970(+72)
2020-11-14
94,937(+4,212) 2,055(+85)
2020-11-15
97,435(+2,498) 2,091(+36)
2020-11-16
98,251(+816) 2,130(+39)
2020-11-17
101,770(+3,519) 2,282(+152)
2020-11-18
106,598(+4,828) 2,413(+131)
2020-11-19
110,536(+3,938) 2,530(+117)
2020-11-20
114,435(+3,899) 2,649(+119)
2020-11-21
118,418(+3,983) 2,778(+129)
2020-11-22
120,697(+2,279) 2,820(+42)
2020-11-23
121,820(+1,123) 2,880(+60)
2020-11-24
124,966(+3,146) 3,069(+189)
2020-11-25
129,348(+4,382) 3,226(+157)
2020-11-26
133,060(+3,712) 3,367(+141)
2020-11-27
136,628(+3,568) 3,529(+162)
2020-11-28
139,955(+3,327) 3,680(+151)
2020-11-29
141,747(+1,792) 3,749(+69)
2020-11-30
142,486(+739) 3,814(+65)
2020-12-01
145,300(+2,814) 4,035(+221)
2020-12-02
148,775(+3,475) 4,188(+153)
2020-12-03
151,913(+3,138) 4,347(+159)
2020-12-04
155,193(+3,280) 4,503(+156)
2020-12-05
158,807(+3,614) 4,650(+147)
2020-12-06
160,844(+2,037) 4,729(+79)
2020-12-07
161,421(+577) 4,797(+68)
2020-12-08
164,185(+2,764) 5,010(+213)
2020-12-09
168,165(+3,980) 5,156(+146)
2020-12-10
171,493(+3,328) 5,283(+127)
2020-12-11
174,568(+3,075) 5,405(+122)
2020-12-12
177,665(+3,097) 5,562(+157)
2020-12-13
178,952(+1,287) 5,626(+64)
2020-12-14
179,449(+497) 5,688(+62)
2020-12-15
181,544(+2,095) 5,838(+150)
2020-12-16
184,287(+2,743) 6,005(+167)
2020-12-17
186,246(+1,959) 6,196(+191)
2020-12-18
188,288(+2,042) 6,339(+143)
2020-12-19
190,027(+1,739) 6,496(+157)
2020-12-20
191,029(+1,002) 6,551(+55)
2020-12-21
191,195(+166) 6,609(+58)
2020-12-22
192,472(+1,277) 6,765(+156)
2020-12-23
194,271(+1,799) 6,879(+114)
2020-12-24
195,886(+1,615) 6,978(+99)
2020-12-25
196,658(+772) 7,023(+45)
2020-12-26
196,915(+257) 7,073(+50)
2020-12-27
197,384(+469) 7,123(+50)
2020-12-28
197,716(+332) 7,164(+41)
2020-12-29
198,053(+337) 7,251(+87)
2020-12-30
199,491(+1,438) 7,405(+154)
2020-12-31
201,220(+1,729) 7,515(+110)
2021-01-01
202,266(+1,046) 7,576(+61)
2021-01-02
202,540(+274) 7,604(+28)
2021-01-03
202,880(+340) 7,644(+40)
2021-01-04
203,051(+171) 7,678(+34)
2021-01-05
204,080(+1,029) 7,835(+157)
2021-01-06
205,390(+1,310) 7,902(+67)
2021-01-07
206,392(+1,002) 7,961(+59)
2021-01-08
207,259(+867) 8,017(+56)
2021-01-09
208,012(+753) 8,078(+61)
2021-01-10
208,406(+394) 8,097(+19)
2021-01-11
208,511(+105) 8,126(+29)
2021-01-12
209,131(+620) 8,232(+106)
2021-01-13
209,881(+750) 8,279(+47)
2021-01-14
210,416(+535) 8,349(+70)
2021-01-15
210,951(+535) 8,396(+47)
2021-01-16
211,503(+552) 8,457(+61)
2021-01-17
211,736(+233) 8,474(+17)
2021-01-18
211,813(+77) 8,483(+9)
2021-01-19
212,383(+570) 8,565(+82)
2021-01-20
212,927(+544) 8,614(+49)
2021-01-21
213,409(+482) 8,651(+37)
2021-01-22
213,864(+455) 8,741(+90)
2021-01-23
214,430(+566) 8,799(+58)
2021-01-24
214,696(+266) 8,811(+12)
2021-01-25
214,817(+121) 8,820(+9)
2021-01-26
215,589(+772) 8,880(+60)
2021-01-27
216,416(+827) 8,916(+36)
2021-01-28
217,014(+598) 8,944(+28)
2021-01-29
217,574(+560) 8,973(+29)
2021-01-30
218,269(+695) 9,008(+35)
2021-01-31
218,618(+349) 9,028(+20)
2021-02-01
218,748(+130) 9,045(+17)
2021-02-02
219,580(+832) 9,142(+97)
2021-02-03
220,547(+967) 9,178(+36)
2021-02-04
221,266(+719) 9,218(+40)
2021-02-05
222,149(+883) 9,272(+54)
2021-02-06
223,059(+910) 9,302(+30)
2021-02-07
223,552(+493) 9,311(+9)
2021-02-08
223,734(+182) 9,331(+20)
2021-02-09
224,849(+1,115) 9,420(+89)
2021-02-10
226,061(+1,212) 9,482(+62)
2021-02-11
226,974(+913) 9,527(+45)
2021-02-12
228,044(+1,070) 9,561(+34)
2021-02-13
229,010(+966) 9,594(+33)
2021-02-14
229,516(+506) 9,608(+14)
2021-02-15
229,679(+163) 9,624(+16)
2021-02-16
230,747(+1,068) 9,671(+47)
2021-02-17
232,096(+1,349) 9,703(+32)
2021-02-18
233,342(+1,246) 9,744(+41)
2021-02-19
234,428(+1,086) 9,786(+42)
2021-02-20
235,891(+1,463) 9,821(+35)
2021-02-21
236,439(+548) 9,839(+18)
2021-02-22
236,666(+227) 9,854(+15)
2021-02-23
238,591(+1,925) 9,933(+79)
2021-02-24
240,391(+1,800) 9,978(+45)
2021-02-25
242,124(+1,733) 10,026(+48)
2021-02-26
243,946(+1,822) 10,079(+53)
2021-02-27
245,627(+1,681) 10,128(+49)
2021-02-28
246,706(+1,079) 10,167(+39)
2021-03-01
247,038(+332) 10,191(+24)
2021-03-02
249,626(+2,588) 10,308(+117)
2021-03-03
252,029(+2,403) 10,391(+83)
2021-03-04
253,183(+1,154) 10,413(+22)
2021-03-05
255,381(+2,198) 10,506(+93)
2021-03-06
258,385(+3,004) 10,571(+65)
2021-03-07
259,811(+1,426) 10,593(+22)
2021-03-08
260,308(+497) 10,614(+21)
2021-03-09
263,303(+2,995) 10,764(+150)
2021-03-10
266,805(+3,502) 10,902(+138)
2021-03-11
269,579(+2,774) 10,999(+97)
2021-03-12
272,700(+3,121) 11,094(+95)
2021-03-13
275,859(+3,159) 11,196(+102)
2021-03-14
277,878(+2,019) 11,234(+38)
2021-03-15
278,557(+679) 11,285(+51)
2021-03-16
283,194(+4,637) 11,472(+187)
2021-03-17
287,568(+4,374) 11,579(+107)
Sources:
  • Republic of Bulgaria - Ministry of Health [1] [2] [3]

Detected active cases (blue), hospitalized patients, incl. ICU (red), patients in ICU (yellow) and daily death cases (black). The horizontal dashed red and yellow lines are the beds reserved for CoViD-19 patients in October 2020.[15] The graphs are smoothed by central moving average and plotted in semi-logarithmic scale.

Two additional cases were confirmed in Sofia on 10 March 2020: a 74-year-old man and his 66-year-old wife. Both have arrived from Lom two weeks prior to admission.[16][17] The woman died on the next day, becoming the first COVID-19 victim in the country.[18]

11 March[edit]

A suspected case of a 33-year-old man was reported by the Saint George Hospital in Plovdiv on 11 March.[19] The same day, a 40-year-old woman in Varna showed COVID-19 symptoms on CT scan, although regional health authorities have not yet confirmed the case.[20]

12 March[edit]

By 12 March, the number of cases had increased to 23, most of them in Sofia. Many of these had been in contact with the elderly couple admitted to the Pirogov Hospital on 10 March.[21]

13 March[edit]

On 13 March, after 16 reported cases in one day, Bulgaria declared a state of emergency for one month until 13 April. Schools, shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants, and other places of business were closed. All sports events were suspended. Only supermarkets, food markets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations remain open.[22] Additionally, all arrivals from Italy, Iran, Spain, China and South Korea were placed under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.[23] There were 13 breaches of quarantine; patients involved were returned to treatment facilities and warned of repercussions, including fines and prison sentences.[24]

14 March[edit]

On 14 March, a second death and a third case in Pleven were reported. The second victim of the virus was the 74-year-old husband of the first victim.[25][26] Late in the evening on 31 March a Member of Parliament was tested positive for the virus. All MPs were urgently tested on the following day. If some of them are also tested positive, the Parliament will be adjourned. Options for the MPs to continue their legislative work (including voting) online from home under isolation are being explored.[27]

15 March[edit]

The number of confirmed cases in Bulgaria rose to 51 on 15 March. A total of 83 tests were done at the Military Medical Academy, of which six were positive, and 51 were processed at the National Reference Laboratory, of which two were positive. In Varna, one test out of 12 samples proved positive.[28]

16 March[edit]

The Ministry of Health announced that citizens from a number of countries would be prohibited from entering Bulgaria starting 00:00 on 18 March. These are China, Iran, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Italy, South Korea, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Additionally, sanitary control units will be established on some border crossings with Romania, Greece, Serbia and North Macedonia. The number of total cases rose to 62, including two British citizens vacationing in Bansko.[29]

17 March[edit]

81 cases were reported, several linked to an outbreak in Bansko. None of the patients were in critical condition.[30]

18 March[edit]

The total number of cases increased to 94 by 18 March, with new cases appearing in Smolyan, Veliko Tarnovo and Pernik among recent arrivals from outside the country. The previous day, Bansko became the first town in the country to be put under quarantine.[31][32]

19 March[edit]

On 19 March the cases rose to 105 and an 80-year-old woman, who recently had a stroke, died from COVID-19 on the same day, making her the third victim from the disease in Bulgaria. Elsewhere, a 78-year-old Bulgarian citizen died from COVID-19 while visiting family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The woman, a choir conductor in Sofia, was uninsured and refused to seek medical attention.[33]

20 March[edit]

The total number of cases increased to 127 and the first recovery occurred.[34]

21 March[edit]

The number of cases increased to 142 by noon, and three patients had recovered. Two cities, Dobrich and Shumen, confirmed their first cases, the latter related to the Bansko cluster. There are 84 male and 58 female patients, the youngest being 4 years old, and the oldest 81 years old. More than 5,000 tests had been carried out, and an additional 10,000 tests would be made available at short notice.[35]

24 March[edit]

The cases increased to 218 and the first case in Stara Zagora province was confirmed. A man from the town of Kazanlak was admitted in the Infectious unit in the hospital in Stara Zagora. He is believed to be 60 years old and returned from France on the 14th of March.[36]

25 March[edit]

The number of cases increased to 242 by the end of the day, with the city of Sliven reporting its first confirmed case. 16 new cases with no relation between them were registered in Sofia, with some being medical staff from a local hospital. Two new cases were confirmed in Blagoevgrad, two in Plovdiv and one in Pleven. Two of the patients who were in critical condition were stabilized but remain "in stable but severe condition". One recovered completely, bringing the number of total recoveries to 5.[citation needed]

26 March[edit]

A total of 22 new cases were reported, bringing the overall number to 264. The coronavirus was registered for the first time in Kardzhali and Haskovo. 15 of the newly confirmed cases were in Sofia, 2 in Smolyan, one in Pleven, one in Veliko Tarnovo and one in Varna. Two people were admitted to hospital in critical condition, while three new patients recovered, bringing the number of recovered to 8. Three soldiers were confirmed to be infected – two were stationed in Kosovo and were immediately brought back to Sofia, and the other contracted the virus in Romania, where he was hospitalized.[37]

27 March[edit]

29 new cases were registered, with the total number reaching 293. From these, 17 were in Sofia, 5 in Plovdiv, 3 in Burgas, and one each in Varna, Kyustendil, Sliven and Pazardzhik. At least 93 people remained hospitalized, with 53 in Sofia alone.[38]

28 March[edit]

The total number of cases reached 331, an increase of 38 from the previous day. The new cases included 19 in Sofia, 5 in Blagoevgrad, 4 in Burgas, 3 in Varna, 2 each in Kardzhali, Plovdiv and Shumen, and 1 in Smolyan. Four new deaths were also reported, with two occurring in Blagoevgrad and one each in Kyustendil and Sofia.[39] The cases in Blagoevgrad, a mother and her daughter, were initially refused admission to the local hospital despite visible symptoms and had to request testing at a private lab; by the time the results came out as positive, the patients' condition had deteriorated significantly. They were eventually admitted and sent to intensive care, but both died shortly after.[40]

29 March[edit]

A total of 15 new cases were reported, with 8 in Sofia, 3 in Plovdiv, and one each in Kardzhali, Sliven, Smolyan and Varna. Three new recoveries were also announced, while the number of deaths rose to 8 after a 51-year-old woman died in the Blagoevgrad hospital, one day after her mother had succumbed to the virus. The Ministry of Health announced that 125 out of 324 active cases remain hospitalized, with 13 of those in serious condition. The total number of tests performed exceeded 7,000, with 276 done on 29 March alone.[41]

30 March[edit]

Thirteen new cases were reported, with seven in Sofia and one each in Blagoevgrad, Kardzhali, Montana, Pleven, Plovdiv and Sliven, for a total of 359 cases. 113 patients remained hospitalized, with 13 in serious condition. Around 56% of all those infected so far were male versus 44% female, with a median age of 45. The total number of recoveries rose to 17.[42]

31 March[edit]

The total number of confirmed infections increased by 40 to 399, and the first two cases were reported from the province of Silistra. 20 of the new cases were registered in Sofia, four each in Burgas and Kyustendil, three each in Plovdiv and Varna, two in Silistra, and one each in Kardzhali, Pernik, Shumen and Stara Zagora. The number of hospitalized patients increased to 146, with 14 in serious condition, while 20 medical workers were announced to have contracted the disease so far. No new deaths or recoveries were announced. From the total of 399 confirmed cases, just under 57% (227) were male, versus 43% (172) who were female.[43]

April[edit]

1 April[edit]

The province of Ruse reported its first case as part of 23 new infections across the country, bringing the total to 422. In addition to Ruse, 10 new cases were reported in Sofia, two each in Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich and Plovdiv, and one each in Haskovo, Kardzhali, Sliven and Stara Zagora. Two deaths were registered - a 57-year-old man in Kyustendil and a 40-year-old man in Sofia.[44] Hassan Ademov from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms became the first Bulgarian member of parliament to contract the virus, forcing the announcement of a mass test on 2 April that would cover government staff and all 240 MPs.[45]

2 April[edit]

The total number of infections increased by 35 to 457, with the first case being reported from the province of Vidin. The new cases included 20 in Sofia, four in Smolyan, three in Varna, two in Dobrich, and one each in Blagoevgrad, Montana, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Vidin. No new deaths were reported, while the number of recoveries reached 25. 179 patients were currently hospitalized, with 18 in intensive care.[46] A further two MPs were among the new cases, both from the ruling GERB party, including their parliamentary group speaker Daniela Daritkova.[47]

3 April[edit]

The National Assembly approved the government's proposal to extend the state of emergency by one month until 13 May.[48] The confirmed case count reached 487, after 28 new infections were registered - 18 in Sofia, two each in Plovdiv and Smolyan, and one each in Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Veliko Tarnovo and Vidin. Four deaths were also announced, with one occurring late on the previous evening in Stara Zagora.[49] Male patients continued to account for just under 57% of all cases (versus 43% female), with a median age of 47.[50]

5 April[edit]

The Ministry of Health announced that the total number of COVID-19 tests had reached 15,899, with 8 laboratories performing the procedure across the country.[51]

14 April[edit]

The village of Panicherovo in Stara Zagora Province was placed under quarantine, after a COVID–19 positive man escaped from a hospital where he was being treated and returned to the village.[52]

15 April[edit]

The Ministry of Interior established checkpoints limiting movement in and out of the predominantly Roma-populated Sofia neighborhoods of Filipovtsi and Fakulteta.[53] The neighborhoods were categorized as COVID-19 clusters by the National Crisis Management center.[54]

16 April[edit]

In a late night emergency joint press conference of the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Health, and the Chairman of the National Crisis Management center, it was announced that entering and exiting Sofia would be severely limited until further notice following increased traffic out of the city before the Easter holidays.[55] Following numerous imported cases from Britain (e.g. a 78-years old Briton whose sister was known to have been infected by the coronavirus[56][57] and a Bulgarian repatriate from Varna[58]) the Civil Aviation Authority put a ban on all flights between Britain and Bulgaria.[59] The decree refers to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in that country for the last weeks surpassing the level in other concerned countries. Three days before the measure was implemented the Governor of Varna Oblast had expressed his apprehension regarding the flights between Varna and London.[60]

20 April[edit]

The ministry of Health announced the renewal of planned surgeries and hospitalizations, immunizations, child and prenatal care. These will be conducted under strict schedule on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.[61]

21 April[edit]

The hour limitations on entering and exiting Sofia were lifted.[62]

27 April[edit]

The prohibition of the passenger air traffic between Bulgaria and Britain was revoked after 11 days.[63]

May[edit]

1 May[edit]

Compulsory mask-wearing in open public spaces was rescinded with a new decree by the Minister of Health.[64] National parks outside municipal boundaries, closed to the public on 20 March, were reopened, with local authorities commissioned to provide the organization for visitors.[65][66]

2 May[edit]

The first case in the province of Razgrad was confirmed, meaning that now 27 out of 28 provinces have proven cases of COVID-19. On this day also, was recorded the first death of a medic. A 43-years-old female doctor from Sliven died after contracting the disease. She worked in the Infectious Diseases Department in the city of Sliven.[67]

4 May[edit]

Dr Andrea Ammon, Director of ECDC, listed Bulgaria as the only country monitored by the Centre still seeing an increase in newly registered cases.[68]

6 May[edit]

Checkpoints outside provincial centres were removed and restrictions limiting inter-city travel lifted.[69]

9 May[edit]

Targovishte, the last Bulgarian province without any registered cases yet, had its first COVID-19 case confirmed.[70]

14 May[edit]

As of 14 May at 00:00, the national emergency was lifted, and in its place was declared a state of an emergency epidemic situation. Organ transplantations are allowed again after a 2-month ban. Parks are open for the use of all. Most of the anti-epidemic measures are still valid. The 14-day quarantine for everyone who enters the country remains. Schools and daycares remain closed, as well as shopping centers and indoor restaurants.[71]

June[edit]

21 June[edit]

Bulgaria's best tennis player, Grigor Dimitrov announced on his Instagram account that he has tested positive for COVID-19 which lead to the cancellation of Adria Tour where he had participated the weeks before. Multiple other tennis players tested positive the following days.[72]

August[edit]

1 August[edit]

It was announced that Bulgarian tennis player Viktoriya Tomova had tested positive for COVID-19 on the site of a tournament in Palermo, Italy which happened to be the first official pro tennis event after the pandemic began.

23 August[edit]

Bulgaria's Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev tested positive.[73]

October[edit]

25 October[edit]

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov tested positive. He said on Facebook that he had "general malaise."[74]

Statistics[edit]

Cases and tests[edit]



Day New cases Total cases Total deaths Total recoveries Total active Tested[75]
8 March 2020 4 4 0 0 4 99
9 March 2020 0 4 0 0 4 158
10 March 2020 2 6 0 0 6 199
11 March 2020 1 7 1 0 6 231
12 March 2020 16 23 1 0 22 99
13 March 2020 8 31 1 0 30 ?
14 March 2020 10 41 2 0 39 183
15 March 2020 10 51 2 0 49 ?
16 March 2020 11 62 2 0 60 240
17 March 2020 19 81 2 0 79 ?
18 March 2020 13 94 2 0 92 332
19 March 2020 18 112 3 0 109 ?
20 March 2020 15 127 3 1 123 129
21 March 2020 36 163 3 3 157 ?
22 March 2020 24 187 3 3 181 ?
23 March 2020 14 201 3 3 195 ?
24 March 2020 17 218 3 3 212 ?
25 March 2020 24 242 3 4 235 350
26 March 2020 22 264 3 8 253 276[a]
27 March 2020 29 293 3 9 281 ?
28 March 2020 38 331 7 11 313 ?
29 March 2020 15 346 8 14 324 276[b]
30 March 2020 13 359 8 17 334 ?
31 March 2020 40 399 8 17 374 ?
1 April 2020 23 422 9 20 392 566
2 April 2020 35 457 10 25 421 390
3 April 2020 28 485 14 30 440 350
4 April 2020 18 503 17 34 451 400
5 April 2020 28 531 20 37 474 252[c]
6 April 2020 18 549 22 39 488 299
7 April 2020 28 577 23 42 512 496
8 April 2020 16 593 24 42 527 498[76]
9 April 2020 25 618 24 48 545 494[77]
10 April 2020 17 635 25 54 555 ? [78]
11 April 2020 26 661 28 62 571 376 [79]
12 April 2020 14 675 29 68 577 219 [80]
13 April 2020 10 685 32 71 582 ?
14 April 2020 28 713 35 81 597 ?
15 April 2020 34 747 36 105 606 ?
16 April 2020 53 800 38 122 640 ?
17 April 2020 46 846 41 141 664 ?
18 April 2020 32 878 41 153 684 ?
19 April 2020 16 894 42 161 691 500
20 April 2020 35 929 43 167 719 424
21 April 2020 46 975 45 170 760 345
22 April 2020 49 1,024 49 174 801 743
23 April 2020 73 1,097 52 190 855 788
24 April 2020 91 1,188 54 193 941 1,238
25 April 2020 59 1,247 55 197 995 1,105
26 April 2020 53 1,300 56 205 1,039 778
27 April 2020 63 1,363 58 206 1,099 1,128
28 April 2020 36 1,399 58 222 1,119 859
29 April 2020 48 1,447 64 243 1,140 1,156
30 April 2020 59 1,506 66 266 1,174 1,302
1 May 2020 49 1,555 68 276 1,211 1,126
2 May 2020 39 1,594 72 287 1,235 982
3 May 2020 24 1,618 73 308 1,237 527
4 May 2020 34 1,652 78 321 1,253 1,158
5 May 2020 52 1,704 80 342 1,282 1,465
6 May 2020 74 1,778 84 360 1,334 1,163
7 May 2020 51 1,829 84 384 1,361 1,397
8 May 2020 43 1,872 86 401 1,385 1,777
9 May 2020 49 1,921 90 422 1,409 1,126
10 May 2020 44 1,965 91 444 1,430 403
11 May 2020 25 1,990 93 461 1,436 1,079
12 May 2020 33 2,023 95 476 1,452 1,387
13 May 2020 46 2,069 96 499 1,474 1,388
14 May 2020 31 2,100 99 521 1,480 1,611
15 May 2020 38 2,138 102 545 1,491 1,608
16 May 2020 37 2,175 105 573 1,497 1,161
17 May 2020 36 2,211 108 598 1,505 1,094
18 May 2020 24 2,235 110 612 1,513 362
19 May 2020 24 2,259 112 646 1,501 874
20 May 2020 33 2,292 116 684 1,492 1,432
21 May 2020 39 2,331 120 727 1,484 1,912
22 May 2020 41 2,372 125 769 1,478 1,450
23 May 2020 36 2,408 126 808 1,474 1,605
24 May 2020 19 2,427 130 840 1,457 886
25 May 2020 6 2,433 130 862 1,441 443
26 May 2020 10 2,443 130 880 1,433 295
27 May 2020 17 2,460 133 912 1,415 1,557
28 May 2020 17 2,477 134 965 1,378 1,273
29 May 2020 8 2,485 136 1,015 1,334 1,725
30 May 2020 14 2,499 139 1,064 1,296 1,353
31 May 2020 14 2,513 140 1,074 1,299 606
1 June 2020 6 2,519 140 1,090 1,289 346
2 June 2020 19 2,538 144 1,123 1,271 1,220
3 June 2020 22 2,560 146 1,206 1,208 1,347
4 June 2020 25 2,585 147 1,322 1,116 1,174
5 June 2020 42 2,627 159 1,390 1,078 1,276
6 June 2020 41 2,668 160 1,528 980 1,196
7 June 2020 43 2,711 160 1,545 1,006 816
8 June 2020 16 2,727 160 1,548 1,019 427
9 June 2020 83 2,810 164 1,587 1,059 1,406
10 June 2020 79 2,889 167 1,623 1,099 1,777
11 June 2020 104 2,993 167 1,664 1,162 2,308
12 June 2020 93 3,086 168 1,688 1,230 2,640
13 June 2020 105 3,191 172 1,716 1,303 2,642
14 June 2020 75 3,266 172 1,723 1,371 1,975
15 June 2020 24 3,290 174 1,730 1,386 1,409
16 June 2020 51 3,341 176 1,784 1,381 1,794
17 June 2020 112 3,453 181 1,817 1,455 2,045
18 June 2020 89 3,542 184 1,880 1,478 2,054
19 June 2020 132 3,674 190 1,941 1,543 2,104
20 June 2020 81 3,755 193 2,008 1,554 2,371
21 June 2020 117 3,872 199 2,027 1,646 1,360
22 June 2020 33 3,905 199 2,074 1,632 566
23 June 2020 79 3,984 207 2,171 1,606 2,776
24 June 2020 130 4,114 208 2,217 1,689 2,946
25 June 2020 128 4,242 209 2,263 1,770 3,016
26 June 2020 166 4,408 211 2,370 1,827 2,775
27 June 2020 105 4,513 215 2,457 1,841 2,750
28 June 2020 112 4,625 216 2,475 1,934 1,528
29 June 2020 66 4,691 219 2,508 1,964 1,034
30 June 2020 140 4,831 223 2,582 2,026 4,525
1 July 2020 158 4,989 230 2,676 2,083 3,343
2 July 2020 165 5,154 232 2,722 2,200 2,896
3 July 2020 161 5,315 232 2,802 2,281 3,155
4 July 2020 182 5,497 239 2,892 2,366 2,538
5 July 2020 180 5,677 241 2,898 2,538 2,591
6 July 2020 63 5,740 246 2,915 2,579 923
7 July 2020 174 5,914 250 3,000 2,664 2,775
8 July 2020 188 6,102 254 3,037 2,811 3,467
9 July 2020 240 6,342 259 3,166 2,917 4,286
10 July 2020 330 6,672 262 3,229 3,181 3,686
11 July 2020 292 6,964 267 3,308 3,389 4,540
12 July 2020 211 7,175 267 3,311 3,597 2,806
13 July 2020 77 7,252 268 3,319 3,665 1,198
14 July 2020 159 7,411 276 3,517 3,618 3,341
15 July 2020 234 7,645 283 3,663 3,699 4,885
16 July 2020 232 7,877 289 3,841 3,747 5,393
17 July 2020 267 8,144 293 3,927 3,924 6,526
18 July 2020 298 8,442 297 4,033 4,112 4,884
19 July 2020 196 8,638 299 4,081 4,258 2,003
20 July 2020 95 8,733 300 4,106 4,327 3,155
21 July 2020 196 8,929 308 4,205 4,416 3,686
22 July 2020 325 9,254 313 4,521 4,420 5,365
23 July 2020 330 9,584 321 4,643 4,620 6,183
24 July 2020 269 9,853 329 5,031 4,493 5,913
25 July 2020 270 10,123 337 5,252 4,534 5,963
26 July 2020 189 10,312 338 5,306 4,668 2,161
27 July 2020 115 10,427 340 5,355 4,732 3,502
28 July 2020 194 10,621 347 5,585 4,689 3,832
29 July 2020 250 10,871 355 5,766 4,750 5,303
30 July 2020 284 11,155 368 5,971 4,816 6,395
31 July 2020 265 11,420 374 6,173 4,873 6,639
1 August 2020 270 11,690 383 6,319 4,988 5,582
2 August 2020 146 11,836 385 6,396 5,055 3,955
3 August 2020 119 11,955 388 6,420 5,147 1,491
4 August 2020 204 12,159 404 6,684 5,071 4,137
5 August 2020 255 12,414 415 6,964 5,035 5,325
6 August 2020 303 12,717 424 7,154 5,139 5,701
7 August 2020 297 13,014 435 7,374 5,205 6,433
8 August 2020 195 13,209 442 7,622 5,145 5,837
9 August 2020 134 13,343 445 7,718 5,180 3,612
10 August 2020 53 13,396 447 7,772 5,177 1,275
11 August 2020 116 13,512 459 7,980 5,073 3,667
12 August 2020 210 13,722 471 8,154 5,097 5,388
13 August 2020 171 13,893 482 8,479 4,932 5,108
14 August 2020 176 14,069 484 8,901 4,684 5,877
15 August 2020 174 14,243 492 9,114 4,637 5,934
16 August 2020 90 14,333 495 9,161 4,677 2,745
17 August 2020 32 14,365 498 9,186 4,681 781
18 August 2020 135 14,500 512 9,442 4,546 5,252
19 August 2020 169 14,669 519 9,699 4,451 3,667
20 August 2020 151 14,820 527 9,931 4,362 8,649
21 August 2020 142 14,962 532 10,087 4,343 6,844
22 August 2020 169 15,131 539 10,282 4,310 6,373
23 August 2020 96 15,227 545 10,322 4,360 3,402
24 August 2020 60 15,287 545 10,338 4,404 2,288
25 August 2020 99 15,386 563 10,497 4,326 3,588
26 August 2020 203 15,589 572 10,601 4,416 6,232
27 August 2020 162 15,751 586 10,750 4,415 3,844
28 August 2020 157 15,908 594 11,044 4,270 7,639
29 August 2020 157 16,065 603 11,231 4,231 6,337
30 August 2020 99 16,164 605 11,253 4,306 4,787
31 August 2020 26 16,190 613 11,313 4,264 1,470
1 September 2020 76 16,266 629 11,483 4,154 4,330
2 September 2020 188 16,454 642 11,615 4,197 6,784
3 September 2020 163 16,617 648 11,760 4,209 5,443
4 September 2020 158 16,775 658 11,935 4,182 7,026
5 September 2020 179 16,954 665 12,046 4,243 8,129
6 September 2020 96 17,050 671 12,132 4,247 3,358
7 September 2020 39 17,089 676 12,157 4,256 1,407
8 September 2020 57 17,146 677 12,189 4,280 1,220
9 September 2020 167 17,313 692 12,297 4,324 3,923
10 September 2020 122 17,435 702 12,474 4,259 5,145
11 September 2020 163 17,598 706 12,619 4,273 5,090
12 September 2020 201 17,799 713 12,750 4,336 4,865
13 September 2020 92 17,891 717 12,758 4,416 2,330
14 September 2020 27 17,918 720 12,767 4,431 924
15 September 2020 143 18,061 729 12,930 4,402 3,163
16 September 2020 155 18,216 736 13,057 4,423 4,312
17 September 2020 174 18,390 739 13,241 4,410 4,835
18 September 2020 154 18,544 749 13,391 4,404 5,856
19 September 2020 189 18,733 753 13,510 4,470 6,042
20 September 2020 86 18,819 755 13,558 4,506 2,915
21 September 2020 44 18,863 761 13,580 4,522 1,249
22 September 2020 151 19,014 765 13,727 4,522 2,988
23 September 2020 109 19,123 767 13,748 4,608 3,049
24 September 2020 160 19,283 779 13,867 4,637 3,526
25 September 2020 290 19,573 785 14,013 4,775 4,859
26 September 2020 255 19,828 789 14,132 4,907 5,047
27 September 2020 169 19,997 789 14,160 5,048 2,710
28 September 2020 58 20,055 796 14,176 5,083 1,103
29 September 2020 216 20,271 807 14,339 5,125 3,302
30 September 2020 276 20,547 813 14,489 5,245 4,736
1 October 2020 286 20,833 825 14,634 5,374 4,943
2 October 2020 263 21,096 832 14,787 5,477 4,843
3 October 2020 240 21,336 838 14,939 5,559 4,820
4 October 2020 182 21,518 841 14,984 5,693 2,843
5 October 2020 69 21,587 844 15,014 5,729 1,278
6 October 2020 283 21,870 854 15,179 5,837 3,713
7 October 2020 436 22,306 862 15,310 6,134 5,431
8 October 2020 437 22,743 873 15,448 6,422 4,541
9 October 2020 516 23,259 880 15,563 6,816 5,209
10 October 2020 612 23,871 887 15,713 7,271 6,048
11 October 2020 448 24,319 891 15,818 7,610 3,795
12 October 2020 83 24,402 892 15,847 7,663 1,191
13 October 2020 587 24,989 915 15,975 8,099 4,320
14 October 2020 785 25,774 923 16,139 8,712 5,819
15 October 2020 819 26,593 929 16,489 9,175 5,898
16 October 2020 914 27,507 944 16,678 9,885 6,324
17 October 2020 998 28,505 958 16,875 10,672 7,442
18 October 2020 603 29,108 968 16,912 11,228 4,602
19 October 2020 395 29,503 986 16,943 11,574 1,518
20 October 2020 1,024 30,527 1,008 17,153 12,366 4,406
21 October 2020 1,336 31,863 1,019 17,414 13,430 11,505
22 October 2020 1,472 33,335 1,048 17,598 14,689 8,738
23 October 2020 1,595 34,930 1,064 17,833 16,033 9,038
24 October 2020 1,589 36,519 1,077 18,102 17,340 9,831
25 October 2020 1,043 37,562 1,084 18,232 18,246 7,094
26 October 2020 327 37,889 1,094 18,354 18,441 2,257
27 October 2020 2,243 40,132 1,136 18,650 20,346 7,659
28 October 2020 2,569 42,701 1,161 18,943 22,597 11,226
29 October 2020 2,760 45,461 1,197 19,159 25,105 9,946
30 October 2020 2,689 48,150 1,225 19,695 27,230 11,376
31 October 2020 2,891 51,041 1,254 19,877 29,910 12,634
1 November 2020 1,803 52,844 1,279 20,045 31,520 7,259
2 November 2020 1,225 54,069 1,298 20,530 32,241 5,547
3 November 2020 2,427 56,496 1,349 21,037 34,110 7,910
4 November 2020 4,041 60,537 1,412 21,544 37,581 11,066
5 November 2020 4,054 64,591 1,466 21,947 41,178 13,203
6 November 2020 3,754 68,345 1,518 22,709 44,118 11,131
7 November 2020 3,839 72,184 1,576 23,436 47,172 13,849
8 November 2020 2,301 74,485 1,632 23,805 49,048 8,702
9 November 2020 675 75,160 1,665 24,408 49,087 2,151
10 November 2020 3,816 78,976 1,771 25,283 51,922 8,826
11 November 2020 4,390 83,366 1,851 25,799 55,716 11,068
12 November 2020 3,945 87,311 1,898 26,714 58,699 10,830
13 November 2020 3,414 90,725 1,970 27,587 61,168 8,885
14 November 2020 4,212 94,937 2,055 28,269 64,613 12,413
15 November 2020 2,498 97,435 2,091 28,805 66,539 6,450
16 November 2020 816 98,251 2,130 29,375 66,746 2,716
17 November 2020 3,519 101,770 2,282 30,317 69,171 7,934
18 November 2020 4,828 106,598 2,413 31,536 72,649 11,611
19 November 2020 3,938 110,536 2,530 32,480 75,526 9,949
20 November 2020 3,899 114,435 2,649 33,327 78,459 10,311
21 November 2020 3,983 118,418 2,778 34,388 81,252 9,786
22 November 2020 2,279 120,697 2,820 35,752 82,125 5,729
23 November 2020 1,123 121,820 2,880 36,524 82,416 2,787
24 November 2020 3,146 124,966 3,069 38,226 83,671 7,244
25 November 2020 4,382 129,348 3,226 40,102 86,020 10,474
26 November 2020 3,712 133,060 3,367 42,620 87,073 8,820
27 November 2020 3,568 136,628 3,529 44,875 88,224 9,093
28 November 2020 3,327 139,955 3,680 46,740 89,535 9,179
29 November 2020 1,792 141,747 3,749 47,779 90,219 4,928
30 November 2020 739 142,486 3,814 48,594 90,078 1,965
1 December 2020 2,814 145,300 4,035 50,565 90,700 6,825
2 December 2020 3,475 148,775 4,188 53,000 91,587 9,056
3 December 2020 3,138 151,913 4,347 55,206 92,360 8,478
4 December 2020 3,280 155,193 4,503 57,141 93,549 9,082
5 December 2020 3,614 158,807 4,650 59,677 94,480 9,530
6 December 2020 2,037 160,844 4,729 60,673 95,442 5,986
7 December 2020 577 161,421 4,797 62,246 94,378 1,424
8 December 2020 2,764 164,185 5,010 65,616 93,559 6,260
9 December 2020 3,980 168,165 5,156 69,028 93,981 9,715
10 December 2020 3,328 171,493 5,283 72,078 94,132 8,578
11 December 2020 3,075 174,568 5,405 75,232 93,931 8,470
12 December 2020 3,097 177,665 5,562 79,522 92,581 8,587
13 December 2020 1,287 178,952 5,626 81,757 91,569 4,407
14 December 2020 497 179,449 5,688 83,720 90,041 1,634
15 December 2020 2,095 181,544 5,838 85,578 90,128 5,298
16 December 2020 2,743 184,287 6,005 87,935 90,347 7,737
17 December 2020 1,959 186,246 6,196 90,510 89,540 6,113
18 December 2020 2,042 188,288 6,339 93,728 88,221 6,825
19 December 2020 1,739 190,027 6,496 96,622 86,909 6,190
20 December 2020 1,002 191,029 6,551 98,026 86,452 4,213

Cases by age[edit]

New confirmed cases by age group (04.08.2020-25.01.2021)

New cases[edit]

New cases per day[edit]

New cases per week[edit]

Cases by month[edit]

Medical Staff Cases[edit]

Growth factor per day[edit]


Growth factor is defined as today's new cases / total cases on the previous day. It is indicative of the epidemic's evolution.

Active cases per day[edit]

Active cases in hospital per day (incl. ICU)[edit]

Tests performed[edit]

Tests per day (PCR + Antigen tests)[edit]

0 = No data

Tests per week (PCR + Antigen tests)[edit]

Tests per month (PCR + Antigen tests)[edit]

Positive cases per number of tests performed[edit]

Percentage of tests that turned positive[edit]

Percentage of new cases from all tested (PCR + Antigen tests)[edit]

0 = No data

Percentage of tests that turned positive per week (PCR + Antigen tests)[edit]

Percentage of tests that turned positive per month (PCR + Antigen tests)[edit]


By province[edit]

Animated map of the total detected cases of COVID-19 per 100000 inhabitants in the Bulgarian provinces
Animated map of the detected cases of COVID-19 in two weeks per 100000 inhabitants in the Bulgarian provinces


COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria by province [d] ()
Date Province Confirmed cases Deaths Recoveries Active cases S
BLA BUR VAR VTA VID VRA GAB DOB KAR KYU LOV MON PAZ PER PLE PLO RAZ RUS SIL SLI SMO SOF SOF-P STZ TAR HAS SHU YAM New Total New Total New Total Total
2020 10291 11263 15136 4427 1519 4351 4105 3526 1841 4473 2264 3042 5287 3687 5469 18791 2135 7267 2410 5107 2061 54185 5698 8996 2196 3922 4246 3525 201220 7515 118335 75370 [81]
January 2021 641 1319 1160 363 153 559 165 336 317 511 239 193 632 361 793 1448 135 549 271 594 156 3788 497 715 118 663 477 245 17398 1513 67268 23987[e] [82]
February 2021 1241 2487 1339 480 91 989 293 288 237 1046 357 243 1032 556 1444 2234 139 469 344 884 218 7573 801 860 55 1013 911 464 28088 1139 19534 31402[f] [83]
March 2021 3354 7416 6639 2062 430 2618 1034 1563 879 1690 1311 1431 2165 1809 3647 6776 620 2637 1803 2126 1303 24827 3472 3345 509 2386 2442 1425 91720 2901 50555 69666[g] [84]
April 2021 2368 4036 5739 1752 507 1341 820 1850 1048 982 1194 1016 1777 1327 1497 5915 595 2608 914 1312 844 15656 2443 3088 832 1553 1378 914 65302 3300 82620 49048[h] [85]
1 May 20 57 75 17 11 16 12 17 5 12 8 11 25 16 52 11 12 2 19 9 161 31 6 20 7 9 11 652 404380 31 16399 1222 339534 48447 [86]
2 May 14 15 44 14 8 6 9 4 3 12 10 7 14 9 9 43 10 21 6 17 2 100 18 54 2 7 8 466 404846 45 16444 355 339889 48513 [87]
3 May 2 27 56 10 1 5 17 4 4 7 19 5 14 14 17 3 16 14 8 8 51 14 13 1 9 6 3 348 405194 48 16492 553 340442 48260 [88]
4 May 11 43 33 19 16 12 14 8 6 16 9 13 16 16 12 38 6 19 11 18 9 206 19 23 17 1 6 14 631 405825 56 16548 726 341168 48109 [89]
5 May 15 34 66 5 10 8 5 2 11 9 8 2 3 5 21 10 6 4 19 4 68 13 14 10 9 4 2 367 406192 61 16609 1058 342226 47357 [90]
6 May 81 50 88 78 18 29 39 33 19 31 55 71 25 23 37 189 13 87 23 36 24 305 43 100 22 33 53 30 1635 407827 164 16773 2669 344895 46159 [91]
7 May 21 86 50 14 11 11 10 15 9 3 7 9 26 12 7 47 9 11 8 17 5 92 27 10 11 8 2 7 545 408372 27 16800 594 345489 46083 [92]
8 May 52 24 123 52 5 24 34 22 11 26 31 30 29 8 25 113 5 47 16 12 19 215 40 75 14 25 24 22 1123 409495 86 16886 2381 347870 44739 [93]
9 May 16 45 50 3 7 9 3 22 5 5 11 7 11 14 13 53 4 19 4 25 5 73 18 10 13 8 3 10 466 409961 16 16902 315 348185 44874 [94]
10 May 16 30 21 4 5 13 2 3 3 1 4 4 4 5 4 10 2 8 2 66 17 6 4 5 2 241 410202 27 16929 207 348392 44881 [95]
11 May 48 13 61 49 30 11 29 22 11 23 17 45 19 10 19 116 5 62 16 24 13 205 34 100 21 18 37 20 1078 411280 116 17045 3005 351397 42838 [96]
12 May 23 66 77 27 16 15 19 13 10 9 15 34 20 25 19 72 8 44 8 18 11 182 31 44 17 20 18 16 877 412157 59 17104 2222 353619 41434 [97]
Total 18198 26997 30766 9393 2827 10011 6624 7730 4407 8841 5551 6177 11075 7903 13030 35930 3712 13884 5856 10243 4693 107751 13216 17459 3862 9687 9618 6716 412157 17104 353619 41434
Province BLA BUR VAR VTA VID VRA GAB DOB KAR KYU LOV MON PAZ PER PLE PLO RAZ RUS SIL SLI SMO SOF[i] SOF-P STZ TAR HAS SHU YAM New Total New Total New Total Total S
  1. ^ The total number of tests reached 6,454.
  2. ^ The total number of tests exceeded 7,000.
  3. ^ The total number of tests reached 15,899.
  4. ^ Day-to-day data as released by the Ministry of Health. Cumulative data as per Government-run portal coronavirus.bg. Discrepancies after 5 June 2020.
  5. ^ As of 31 January 2021
  6. ^ As of 28 February 2021
  7. ^ As of 31 March 2021
  8. ^ As of 30 April 2021
  9. ^ Number of cases for Sofia City Province and Sofia Province were reported as a summary until June 2020.



Deaths[edit]

Total number of deaths[edit]

Number of deaths per day[edit]

Number of deaths per week[edit]

Number of deaths per month[edit]

Weekly deaths in Bulgaria (2018 - 2021)[edit]


Data Source [98]

Recoveries[edit]

Total number of recoveries[edit]

Number of recoveries per day[edit]

Number of recoveries per week[edit]

Number of recoveries per month[edit]

Vaccinations[edit]

Total number of vaccinations (Pfizer-BioNTech + Moderna + AstraZeneca)[edit]

Number of vaccinations per day (Pfizer-BioNTech + Moderna + AstraZeneca)[edit]

Number of vaccinations per week (Pfizer-BioNTech + Moderna + AstraZeneca)[edit]

Number of vaccinations per month (Pfizer-BioNTech + Moderna + AstraZeneca)[edit]

Response[edit]

At the time of the announcement, schools had already been closed until March 11 due to an influenza B epidemic.[99] A massive increase in influenza B cases prompted suspensions of routine medical examinations, and a recommendation by the government for suspension of lectures at universities.[100] According to the latest Ministry of Health data, there were 2063 intensive care and 740 infectious disease hospital beds in the country, with a total of 1605 ventilators across the health system.[101] However, Chief Health Inspector Angel Kunchev stated on 5 March that there is a shortage of medical personnel.[102]

Following the announcement of positive SARS-CoV-2 test results, the Bulgarian government immediately banned the exports of protective equipment and placed orders for masks and protective suits to local manufacturers. In addition, 30,000 masks and 50,000 protective suits will be delivered by Turkey.[103] Some 111,000 suits and masks are required every month and the government plans to distribute them to health workers, social assistants, law enforcement personnel and border guards.[104] Sofia Municipality has increased disinfections to four times daily at public institutions and in public transport.[105] Personnel in all hospitals was reportedly being screened for the disease,[106] but in April a nurse in Vidin reported that she was refused a test after caring for a positive patient, as the hospital in the city had no testing kits.[107]

By mid-March, large-scale imports of protective equipment from China, India and Vietnam had begun. Many volunteers were also signing up to join the handling of the crisis, including Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy cadets.[108]

On 30 March, the Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev decreed wearing masks in public mandatory, both outdoors and indoors, despite nationwide protective equipment shortages and soaring prices.[109][110][111] The policy seemed to contradict Ananiev's earlier statement from 9 March that producing the needed gear "will take months".[112] Under article 209a of the Health Law, which was passed on 13 March and does not discriminate between offenses, failing to wear a mask in public would result in a fine of BGN 5,000 (EUR 2,555).[113] On 31 March Ananiev rescinded the decree, citing "a lack of public consensus" on the measure.[114] On 6 April 2020 the National Assembly passed amendments to the State of Emergency law from 13 March.[115] The fines for breaking the measures against the pandemic were reduced. As of 6 April, there were 1340 fines worth approximately EUR 3,500,000 imposed, mostly for walking in the park.[116] On 11 April, the Minister of Health reinstated the mask-wearing measure for the period 12–26 April 2020. The new decree included "towels, scarves, et al," despite reports that "[t]here is only limited indirect evidence that non-medical face masks are effective as a means of source control."[117][118] On 24 April 2020, compulsory mask-wearing in public was extended to 13 May 2020, excluding open public spaces after 1 May 2020.[119][120]

Nearly BGN 14,000,000 (EUR 7,160,000) had been donated by 3 April, with 48% coming from private companies, 26% from public campaigns, 19% from individual donors and 7% from foundations.[49]

The Mall (Sofia) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria
A closed restaurant in Sofia (number for home delivery of food provided) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bulgaria

On 10 April, Sofia City Prosecutor's Office indicted Prof. Asena Stoimenova, chairwoman of the Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union, under article 326 of the Penal Code following "a series of statements inciting fear in the population during the state of emergency."[121] In an interview for Bulgarian National Television, Stoimenova had stated that the market for protective gear appears to be normalizing following the shortages the country experienced at the outbreak of the pandemic, but disruptions in the international pharmaceutical trade might lead to shortages of other medical supplies in Bulgaria.[122]

Testing[edit]

As of 24 March, there are 5 laboratories testing for COVID-19 in the country with a capacity of 300 tests per day. The total number of tests done by March 26 was 6,454, with 264 confirmed cases and a rate of infection around 4.1%.[123]

On 27 March, the Ministry of Health announced that the country now has the capacity to process between 1,000 and 1,200 tests per day, at an estimated cost of BGN 930,000 (EUR 475,000) per month. Two additional methods of testing would be introduced at later stages of the pandemic - fluorescence immunochromatographic tests (up to 20,000 per day) and the so-called 'quick' tests (up to 40,000 per day). Major General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski called all three types "equally important", as the PCR ones provided reliable data, while the fluorescence tests could speed up the process before quick ones are applied to establish how many people have acquired immunity.[124] However, Mutafchiyski later added that rapid tests are considered "unreliable" and therefore mass screening would be "meaningless".[125]

Conversely, Prof. Radka Argirova, chairman of the National Expert Board in Virology at the Bulgarian Doctors' Union, urged increased rapid testing in order to discover asymptomatic cases, avoiding the chance of a future second peak and terminating the epidemic progression.[126] "Aggressive, complete screening" of the population was also advocated by Dr. Rumen Hichev, a Bulgarian medical professional based in the United States and part of a medical advisor team to the White House. According to Hichev, the Bulgarian government had reacted quickly, but without mass screening to establish asymptomatic spreaders, any effort would be behind the course of events.[127][128]

On 5 April, the Ministry of Health announced a total of 15,599 tests had been performed to date in eight laboratories across the country.[51] The government announced that by 18 April, 26 417 tests had been performed.[129]

Medication[edit]

After testing positive for COVID-19, business magnate Kiril Domuschiev announced that his company will procure chloroquine from foreign sources and donate it to the national coronavirus task force. Chloroquine, a quinine drug, has shown positive effects on COVID-19 patients in China and France. The Bulgarian government is looking into import opportunities from China and domestic production by local pharmaceutical companies.[130] Exports of all quinine-based drugs were prohibited until further notice, and 35,000 doses of quinine-based Metamizole for export have been diverted for domestic consumption. Another 250,000 doses of the drug can reportedly be produced on a short notice by local pharmaceutical companies.[131] On 3 April, the government negotiated the delivery of 171,429 packs of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and 30,000 packs of azithromycin from the China National Pharmaceutical Group.[132] The shipment was delivered using a NATO Boeing C-17 Globemaster III piloted by a Bulgarian Air Force captain; the cargo also included more than 1,600,000 masks and 50 ventilators.[133]

Bulgarian biotechnology company Micar21 has been developing a general coronavirus vaccine in the past four years, and announced that it will begin clinical trials of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine based on this research in mid-2020.[134] The company announced that with government support in funding and shorter clinical trial protocols, the drug could be synthesised in two months.[135]

Projections[edit]

According to a research conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, the pandemic was expected to reach its peak in Bulgaria in the end of April. The projections are assuming full social distancing through May 2020. The research lists 856 ICU beds in the country and projects no shortage of medical resources.[136]

Criticism[edit]

Georgi Todorov, a Bulgarian doctor with experience in viral breakouts in Ghana, criticised the handling of the COVID-19 threat. In particular, Todorov stated that Bulgaria's health administration is so rife with nepotism that it cannot come up with any coherent response; as a result, infectious disease specialists were not taken into account when formulating response policies, and no specific locations were designated for potential COVID-19 cases. Todorov further assumed that infected individuals may have not been identified because of improper application of testing procedures.[137]

Discrimination[edit]

Some Roma communities, like the one in Burgas, were surveilled with thermal drone cameras. Other communities, from places like Yambol or Kyustendil, were sprayed with disinfectants from helicopters and crop dusters. Ognyan Isaev, a Roma activist, expressed concerns that if the pandemic worsened, discriminatory measures could be reinstated.[138]

Economy[edit]

The Bulgarian government has enacted a series of measures aimed at reducing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to businesses and individuals.[139]

60/40 measure[edit]

The so-called "60/40 measure" is a short-term instrument to help businesses retain their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The state will cover 60% of employees' insurable earnings, as well as the social insurance contributions owed by the employer. The measure is in effect for the duration of the State of Emergency announced on March 13, 2020, but for no longer than 3 months.[citation needed]

State-backed interest-free loans program for individuals[edit]

The program provides state-backed, interest-free, zero-fee loans to individuals, deprived of the opportunity to work as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is implemented by the Bulgarian Development Bank in partnership with a number of banks from the private sector.[citation needed]

Self-employed individuals and individuals under an employment contract are eligible for an interest-free loan of up to 4,500 BGN (2,300 EUR), with a grace period between six and twenty-four months, paid out in three monthly installments of 1,500 BGN.[citation needed]

Working capital loans for SMEs[edit]

The program, financed by the Bulgarian Development Bank, provides working capital loans of up to 300,000 BGN, aiming to provide liquidity to SMEs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[citation needed]

Grants for small and micro-enterprises[edit]

Small and micro-enterprises are eligible for state grants between 3,000 and 10,000 BGN, provided they have reported at least 20% drop in monthly revenue compared to the same month in 2019.[citation needed]

Moratorium on loan repayments[edit]

The board of directors of the Bulgarian National Bank established a private moratorium on loans repayments, as presented by The Association of Banks in Bulgaria, which allows for payments deferral of up to six months.[citation needed]

Impact[edit]

Bulgaria recorded 31,643 newly registered unemployed for the period between 13 March to 1 April. From these, 17,793 claimants stated that job losses were a direct consequence of the pandemic, and 12,661 registered in the week 23–27 March alone, compared to 4,561 for the same period in 2019.[140] The number of unemployed continued to rise throughout April. According to a statistic released by the Agency of Employment, as of 28 April 2020, there were 291,426 registered unemployed, a rise of 90,405 since the introduction of the national emergency.[141] A survey conducted by the Bulgarian Industrial Association showed that initially only 8% of the companies were willing to use the government stimulus package, which quickly became colloquially known as 'the 60/40 measure'.[142] The proposal envisions the government paying 60% of the impacted businesses' employee wages for up to three months, as long as the companies refrain from lay-offs.[143]

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