Bulgaria surpassed its own sad Covid record of last week with the news that 334 people have succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours. This also placed the country fourth globally in terms of the total number of new daily fatalities. Only Russia, Ukraine and the US - much more densely populated countries - have recorded a higher number of total Covid-related deaths. Almost 95 percent of the new fatalities were unvaccinated, the Health Ministry announced.
Antibody tests can be used for "Green Certificates": Health Ministry
The medical authorities will issue a lighter version of the "Green Certificates" on the basis of certified tests showing antibodies of the IGg type of over 150 Bau/ml. The tests should be conducted in laboratories that are then sent to the National Health Information System, which will in turn produce a certificate that will have validity for the following 90 days. The document will only be accepted in Bulgaria and cannot be used for international travel, Health Minister Stoycho Katsarov told reporters.
Health authorities also said that there will be no Green Certificates or tests required for voters or members of the polling commissions in the upcoming 14 November vote.
Sofia City Court finds Municipality guilty over air quality measures
In a provisional ruling, the court has declared that the capital's Municipality has failed to introduce a program for air quality management, and has also failed to implement a plan with measures to decrease the levels of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere.
The municipality has now been told to update its program and implement a plan within 12 months. The court also calls for the Municipality to take up effective anti-pollution measures, including boosting non-polluting heating options in houses and the establishment of an integrated city-wide bicycle lane network.
TISP tumbles to sixth place, We Continue the Change continues rising: Market Links
A new survey reveals that the party that won the July elections by a slight margin against GERB is now likely to be heavily punished by voters, and is consigned to sixth place with only 9.7 percent of the vote. The new movement We Continue the Change is consolidating its support, with 16.3 percent of respondents intending to support it. GERB remains first with 23 percent of the vote. BSP, Democratic Bulgaria and MRF are the other three parties that are likely to make it into the next Parliament, each with about 10-12 percent of the vote.