Bulgaria Joins Countries Declaring State of Emergency Over Virus

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Bulgaria declared a state of emergency, giving the government extraordinary powers after the number of cases of coronavrius in the country tripled in a day.

Approved in a parliamentary vote, the month-long measure puts the Black Sea nation in the ranks of other countries in the European Union’s eastern wing, including Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Latvia, that have declared states of emergency.

Many countries have also closed schools and public venues, imposed limits on gatherings and taken other measures to staunch the spread of the disease known as Covid-19. Bulgaria had 23 confirmed cases, including one fatality, according to the Health Ministry.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is seeking the right to use police forces to detain patients who leave quarantine early after 14 people did so. The government will also ban traveling to and from a list of countries that will be updated regularly. Night clubs will be shut down, but restaurants will remain open.

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