Monday marks the first day of yet another round of restrictions' loosening. From today, restaurants are allowed to operate at 50% capacity up to 11 PM, and cultural events are also allowed - festivals, cinemas, theaters, and concerts can operate at 30% capacity. Pupils will also return to school but on rotation, starting with those in 1st to 4th grade, 7th, 8th, and 10th. Large stores and malls will be allowed to re-open on Friday, along with casinos and gambling halls.
Democratic Bulgaria would support a government of There is such a people
Democratic Bulgaria is willing to participate in a government supported by BSP and MRF, but unwilling to form a coalition with either party, according to party co-chair Atanas Atanasov. Another newly-elected MP from Democratic Bulgaria, Vladislav Panev, said they could support a government nominated by TV host Slavi Trifonov's There is such a people but it all depends on the future cabinet's policies.
Mortality rate hit 60-year peak in 2020
In 2020, nearly 125 thousand people passed away in Bulgaria - an increase of 15.4% (16,700 people) compared to the previous year. This equates to a mortality rate of 18 deaths per 1,000 people in the population, up from 15.5 a year earlier. The death rate is at a record high according to historical data from the World Bank going back to 1960.
Revenues from nights spent in hotels down 42% YoY in February
Revenues from overnight stays fell 42% in February - down to 35.2 million levs, compared to the same period in 2020. Revenues from nights spent in hotels by locals are down 13.6% whereas those by foreigners decreased by 69.5%. In February, the number of functioning hotels was down 11.1% compared to the same month of the previous year.