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FILE – Kirill Petkov, left, co-leader of the We Continue the Change party, receives a mandate to form a new government from Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Sofia on December 11, 2021. Bulgaria’s top leader is under self-imposed quarantine due to exposure to the speaker of parliament, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s chief health inspector said on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Speaker Nikola Minchev felt unwell and took a test that came out positive for COVID-19 after emerging from one. On Monday, a six-hour meeting of the country’s advisory National Security Council, chaired by President Rumen Radev and attended by Prime Minister Kirill Petkov, several key ministers and heads of the security and intelligence services, as well as leaders of parties represented in parliament took. ( Associated Press Photo/Valentina Petrova, FILE)

SOFIA, Bulgaria ( Associated Press) – Bulgaria’s top leader is self-isolating after being in contact with the parliamentary speaker, who tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s chief health inspector said on Tuesday.

Parliament’s press office said Speaker Nikola Minchev felt unwell and later tested positive for COVID-19.

Minchev was present on Monday at a six-hour meeting of the country’s National Security Council, which was chaired by President Rumen Radev and attended by Prime Minister Kirill Petkov, several prominent ministers and heads of security and intelligence services, as well as leaders Was. Parties represented in Parliament.

“All participants are considered to be contacts and undergo mandatory quarantine, the length of which will depend on their vaccination status,” Chief Health Inspector Angel Kunchev said.

Since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, the Balkan country of 6.5 million people has recorded a total of 787,178 cases, including 31,672 deaths. Health officials are warning that increasing infections from the Omron version could put pressure on hospitals.

On Tuesday, officials confirmed 6,761 new cases of coronavirus and 116 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Bulgaria is the least vaccinated country in the 27-member EU, with only a third of the population being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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