Wed 20 October 2021:
Bulgaria’s COVID-19 “Green Certificate” became mandatory on Tuesday for entrance to restaurants, theaters, cinemas, music halls, gyms, clubs, and shopping malls as the country grapples with an outbreak of coronavirus infections.
The new digital or paper health pass, according to Health Minister Stoycho Katsarov, confirms that the holder has been vaccinated, has recently recovered from COVID-19, or has tested negative.
“The number of infected is growing, the number of deaths is also increasing, which forces us to take additional measures,” he said, warning that venues that do not follow the rules will be closed.
On Tuesday, the Balkan country of 7-million reported 4,979 new COVID-19 cases and 214 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of new infections to 4,979 since the start of September.
Bulgaria had the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in the 27-nation European Union in the last two weeks, according to official data, with unvaccinated people accounting for 94 percent of the deaths.
The current outbreak is being blamed on popular distrust of vaccines and the government -just one out of every four adults is fully vaccinated- according to health officials.
The green certificate will also be required for personnel at hospitals and nursing homes, and university students will need it to attend in-person classes.
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