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Bulgarian President In Quarantine After Aide Tests Positive For COVID-19


A new daily record of 2,760 infections was reported on October 29.

SOFIA -- Bulgarian President Rumen Radev is self-isolating after his chief of staff tested positive for coronavirus, his office says.

The presidency said Radev's secretary-general, Dimitar Stoyanov, was diagnosed with coronavirus on October 29.

It said Stoyanov had been on leave since October 26, and his last contact with staff at the presidential administration occurred three days earlier.

The president, whose role is largely ceremonial, and employees who had been in contact with Stoyanov are to carry out their duties remotely while under quarantine.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Central Bank Governor Dimitar Radev are also in quarantine after testing positive for the virus.

As of October 29, Bulgaria closed universities, high schools, and nightclubs for two weeks as the country struggles to contain a surge in coronavirus cases.

A new daily record of 2,760 infections was reported on October 29.

Overall, more than 45,000 Bulgarians have tested positive for the disease and nearly 1,200 have died.

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