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Bulgaria looking for investors to fund second nuclear power plant

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The energy ministry, however, said in a statement that potential minority shareholders are also invited to declare their interest.

“The deadline for applications is three months and the process is expected to be completed within a year,’’ it said.

The ministry made the announcement a week after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Sofia and said that Russia’s atomic energy corporation, Rosatom, was ready to invest in the project.

The German-French consortium Framatom, U.S.-based General Electric, China’s CNC and the Korean Hydro & Nuclear Power have all expressed interest.

The government in Sofia had stopped construction of the project at Belene in 2012 due to financial constraints and it now wants to sell it to private investors.

The Belene project has been strongly opposed by environmentalists.

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Active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria fall below 1,000

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 25, the country’s Health Ministry said on its website on Saturday morning.

The number of active cases in the Balkan country decreased to 980 after 41 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,668, while the number of recoveries from COVID-19 rose by 138 to 1,528, the ministry said.

The death toll from COVID-19 rose from 159 to 160, the ministry said.

It added that 147 patients are currently hospitalised, with 12 in intensive care. 

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 25, the country’s health ministry said on its website Saturday morning.

The number of active cases in the Balkan country decreased to 980, after 41 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,668, while the number of recoveries from COVID-19 rose by 138 to 1,528, the ministry said.

The death toll from COVID-19 rose from 159 to 160, the ministry said, adding that 147 patients are currently hospitalized, with 12 in intensive care.

(XINHUA)

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Over half of Bulgaria COVID-19 patients now recovered

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More than 50 percent of confirmed COVID-19 patients in Bulgaria have recovered, the country’s health ministry said Thursday.

According to the ministry, 25 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,585, while the nationwide tally of recoveries reached 1,322 after another 116 recoveries were reported.

Currently, 141 patients are hospitalized, with eight in intensive care, while the death toll now stands at 147 after one more patient died in the last 24 hours, it added.

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Face masks no longer mandatory, says Bulgarian premier

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Face masks would no longer be mandatory in Bulgaria starting from  June 15 under new guidelines being pushed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

“This is when all coronavirus measures are lifted and only social aid remains,’’ he said on Wednesday.

A state of emergency was declared on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic and lasted for two months, followed by one month long epidemic exceptional situation, scheduled to end on June 14.

Since May 1, citizens have only had to wear face masks in closed public places like shops, churches, institutions and on public transport.

Bulgaria has not been hit by the novel coronavirus as hard as its Western European neighbours.

Travellers from several EU countries have been allowed to enter without being required to undergo quarantine since June 1.

Restaurants, museums, libraries, cinemas, fitness studios and shopping malls have reopened again under strict hygiene and distancing measures.

The 1st and 2nd football league seasons will start June 12, with fans allowed back in the stadiums, so long as they observe hygiene and distancing measures.


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Bulgaria catches 9 illegal immigrants in refrigerator van

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Bulgaria has intercepted nine illegal immigrants hidden in a refrigerator truck at a parking lot near the western city of Vidin bordering Romania, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

The immigrants were found Tuesday night after the truck driver heard banging in the refrigerated trailer, the ministry said.

Police arrived immediately and found that the seal of the trailer carrying watermelons was broken and nine foreigners were hiding inside.

The foreigners, including seven men, a woman and a 16-year-old boy, said they were from Afghanistan. Three of them were treated at a local hospital, but their lives were not in danger, the ministry said, adding an investigation is underway.

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Rose Queen selected online for first time in Bulgarian town

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This year’s Rose Queen was selected online for the first time in the central Bulgarian town of Kazanlak on Monday, the organizers said in a press release.

Kazanlak was known for its Rose Festival, which has been organized annually since 1903. The festival celebrates local residents’ deep connection to the Rosa Damascena — the Bulgarian oil-bearing rose — for centuries.

Traditionally, the Rose Queen contest is part of the annual Rose Festival in Kazanlak at the heart of the Valley of Roses. It was moved online this year due to the pandemic.

Maria Petrova has received 3,577 votes and became the 52nd winner of the prestigious title, Kazanlak Municipality said.

Suzan Igleva came second with 3,169 votes, followed by Stefani Krasteva with 1,774, it said.

As many as 16,098 people have voted for the 24 participants, according to the organizers.

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Bulgaria reports more COVID-19 recoveries than new infections

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The number of COVID-19 recoveries in Bulgaria has significantly exceeded newly confirmed cases, the country’s Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev said in a statement on Friday morning.

“The number of recoveries was 51, and the total already exceeded 1,000. It is 1,016, or 41 percent of all proven cases,” Kunchev said.

Only eight new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Thursday, taking the total to 2,485, according to Kunchev.

However, two more patients have died, raising the death toll to 136, he added.

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Another 320 kg of cocaine seized in Bulgarian capital

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Bulgarian law enforcement authorities on Tuesday seized about 320 kg of cocaine in the capital city, officials said here on Wednesday.

Antoaneta Pancheva, spokesperson of the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office, said that the illicit drug, split into 327 packets, was discovered in an apartment used by a man in whose car 39.7 kg of cocaine were found on May 24.

As many as 248 of the packets were placed in a wardrobe in the bedroom, and 79 in a dresser in the kitchen, Pancheva said at a press conference.

Authorities also found and seized a professional packing machine and a scale, Pancheva said.

“It is important to share that this amount of cocaine is generally not intended for the Bulgarian market,” said Georgi Hadzhiev, director of Sofia Metropolitan Directorate of Interior.

According to him, part of it was intended for Asia, another part for Western Europe, and a very small part for distribution in Bulgaria.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

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Bulgaria seizes over 100 kg of heroin at border, three arrested

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Bulgarian customs officers at the country’s Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint near the border with Turkey have seized 100.44 kg of heroin and arrested three suspects, authorities said here on Monday.

The drug, split into 200 packets, was found on Sunday night in the driver’s cab of a truck carrying auto parts to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the National Customs Agency and the country’s Prosecutor’s Office said in a joint statement.

Authorities estimated that the value of the heroin on the black market would exceed 5 million U.S. dollars.

The driver of the vehicle, a 33-year-old BiH citizen, was arrested at the scene.

Authorities also arrested two other BiH citizens who were his accomplices, the statement said, adding that they were moving almost in parallel with another truck, but no drugs were found in it.

The investigation is ongoing.

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