Bulgaria's parliament on Friday backed a government proposal to declare a state of emergency aiming to enable the authorities to more efficiently fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the parliament spokesperson said.
The proposal was supported by all 201 MPs present in the chamber, parliament chairperson Tsveta Karayancheva said, as seen in a live broadcast by the Bulgarian National Television.
Late on Thursday, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that the state of emergency will allow the authorities to better handle people who violate the measures against the spread of the virus and leave medical facilities without authorisation.
Bulgaria also plans to ban travel to and from destinations with a high number of coronavirus cases like China and Italy, Borissov said.
The number of confirmed cases in the country increased sharply to 23 on Thursday. Bulgaria has reported one coronavirus-related death so far.