WORLD Bulgarian leaders self-isolate after speaker tests positive for COVID-19


Bulgarian leaders self-isolate after speaker tests positive for COVID-19


20:36, January 11, 2022

SOFIA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Bulgaria's state and political leaders have been in self-isolation after Parliament Speaker Nikola Minchev tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said Tuesday.

Bulgaria's top leaders are under self-imposed quarantine after being in contact with the speaker of parliament who tested positive for coronavirus, the country's chief health inspector said on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. (Photo: AP)

The measure was taken after Minchev tested positive on Monday evening, hours after a meeting of the country's Consultative Council on National Security (CCNS) where he participated together with President Rumen Radev, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and other high officials.

President Radev and the representatives of his team who took part in the meeting have isolated themselves, the press office of the President said in a statement.

"Everyone is in good health," it said, adding that measures have been taken for the normal functioning of the presidential institution.

Meanwhile, the Government Information Service said Petkov and the head of his political cabinet Lena Borislavova have also isolated themselves.

Headed by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, CCNS is a consultative body on matters of national security. Its Monday meeting was dedicated to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.

Last week, the country's Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska also tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 787,178 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Bulgaria so far, including 6,761 in the last 24 hours, according to the country's Health Ministry.

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