Bulgarian authorities have stated that the radiation level in the country is normal following the fire - which has now been extinguished - at the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia power plant caused by a Russian attack. No change in radioactivity has been observed in Bulgaria since the start of the military actions in Ukraine, said the head of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (BNRA) Tsanko Bachiyski.
Political attacks caused panic over gas prices, says PM
Panic over the availability of fuel and a potential sharp rise in fuel prices is unfounded, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov claimed today. "The only reason for the panic on Wednesday was photos from small gas stations posted on social media everywhere as a political and hybrid attack," he said, adding that people from the youth wing of ex-ruling party GERB were responsible for distributing them on social networks.
Nevertheless, Energy Minister Alexandar Nikolov noted that gas prices depend on international markets, and mostly on Russia. So it's almost certain that their increase will continue.
Natural gas prices up
State-owned Bulgargaz asked the energy regulator to increase the price of natural gas for March by 3.5% due to restricted production at the Chiren gas storage facility and current price data on European gas exchanges.
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) will take a final decision on price increases on 7 March.
Bulgarians close to herd immunity
With 30% of the population vaccinated, of whom 700 000 have now had a booster dose, and with 50% immunized in the capital, Bulgaria has probably now reached a good herd immunity level, said health expert professor Todor Kantardzhiev, quoted by bTV. He pointed out that many Bulgarians had passed through the Omicron variant. However, he warned that the virus still exists and called for more vaccinations.