COVID-19 spreads in the Bulgarian foreign ministry

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Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva is having to quarantine for 10 days after her deputy, Petko Doikov, tested positive for coronavirus.

After taking a quick test as part of routine testing in the ministry, Doikov tested positive for COVID-19, a test result which was confirmed by the PCR test he took. Zaharieva, however, tested negative after she took a PCR test.

Doikov and Zaharieva were in Berlin on Monday where they met with representatives of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Germany. Both countries have already been notified about Doikov testing positive and members of the Bulgarian delegation that travelled to Berlin all tested negative after being tested before they flew to Berlin.

A total of 11,066 PCR tests confirmed 4,041 new daily coronavirus cases and 63 related deaths of the 1,412 total on Wednesday.

Though the number of registered active cases is now at 37,581, a total of 2,922 patients are now in hospital, of which 210 are in intensive care. (Krassen Nikolov |

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