On Monday the exchange of fire between government and prosecution that started last week heated up. First, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov asked Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev nine questions about various high-profile corruption investigations that have been left cold. Then, Mr Geshev responded by summoning Mr Petkov to testify regarding the names of the people "who are at the heart of economic and criminal delinquency" in the country, as the latter claimed in an interview last week. In other news:
Energy regulator to launch probe into questionable gas deals signed between 1-7 February
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) launched an investigation following media reports about the latest deals on the gas markets. A working group from the regulator set up under the REMIT legislation that monitors the transparency of energy markets will examine the deals concluded between 1-7 February. The reason for the probe is the scandal surrounding Bulgargaz in recent days. On Saturday, former energy minister Rumen Ovcharov (BSP) claimed that the company had sold gas worth 60,000 MWh on the free market in a few seconds, which is more than the country's consumption. Bulgargaz responded that only 37,000 MWh of leftover gas were sold.
Covid death rates in hospitals around 18%, up to 35% in some places: Hospital Index 2021
The average mortality rate among patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in 2021 was 18.3 percent, with some hospitals recording up to 35 percent mortality. This is described in the analysis of the annual Hospital Index, based on data that hospitals submit to the electronic system of the Ministry of Health. There were 155,422 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in 215 hospitals in the country last year and a total of 28,379 people died, official data show. Intensive care units treated 16,033 of the COVID-19 patients, or 10.31 percent of those hospitalized with the diagnosis.
Optical solutions producer Optix launches new 10 mln BGN R&D and production facility in Plovdiv
The manufacturer of optical products Optix is expanding its activities in Plovdiv, where it opened a new production and development center with an investment worth 10 million BGN. The construction of the company's new facility began more than two years ago, but the pandemic delayed its opening. With this investment, the company is increasing its position in the region and creating jobs for more than 100 people - engineers and development specialists.