Bulgaria plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions, gets new Pfizer vaccine shipment

Bulgaria plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions, gets new Pfizer vaccine shipment

Bulgaria's government said on Monday that the National Operations Headquarters, the body tasked with handling the COVID-19 pandemic, has proposed a gradual loosening of the measures to restrict the spread of the disease.

The National Operations Headquarters is proposing that local sports halls, gyms and shopping malls be allowed to reopen as of February, the government said in a statement.

In addition, schools will reopen to pupils from grades 5th to 12th as of February 4, the government added.

Also on Monday, the health ministry said that it has received a new batch of 14,040 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The country expects to receive 3,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of this week.

Bulgaria expects to get 4.4 million doses of the two vaccines, which means 2.2 million people could be vaccinated by the end of 2021. If the remaining three vaccines which Bulgaria has ordered receive regulatory approval, then 2.5 million people could be vaccinated by mid-2021.

The health ministry also said that 121 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours. The country has confirmed a total of 214,817 cases, of which 26,929 are still active.

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