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Despite Negative COVID-19 Tests, Bulgarian PM Quarantined During Parliamentary Debate


Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (file photo)
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (file photo)

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was placed in quarantine late on July 23 after a test showed that his chief of staff, Denitsa Jeleva, had contracted a coronavirus infection.

Borisov’s press service told RFE/RL on July 24 that a second test on Jeleva, as well as two tests on Borisov and other officials close to him, had all turned up negative.

Borisov's press service said the prime minister would remain under quarantine at least until July 25 when the results of a third test on him are available.

If those test results are negative, he would leave quarantine on July 25, the press service said.

As a result of his quarantine, Borisov was not attending debates in parliament on July 24 and a vote over a cabinet reshuffle that he announced the previous day.

Jeleva had been in close proximity to Borisov during recent European Council meetings they both attended on the distribution of COVID-19 economic recovery funds from the European Union.

Those meetings took place in Brussels from July 17-21.

Bulgaria’s government headquarters building was closed for a day of disinfection on July 22.

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