SOFIA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The Bulgarian government on Wednesday approved the extension of a nationwide epidemic emergency until June 30 in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The epidemic emergency took effect on May 14 with a duration of one month, replacing the state of emergency which was implemented on March 13.
The implementation of anti-epidemic measures has contributed to slowing down the COVID-19 epidemic in the country and reducing pressure on the healthcare system, the government said in a statement.
"The prolongation of the epidemic emergency will help slow down and limit the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic by applying temporary anti-epidemic measures," the statement said.
Meanwhile, it would improve the preparedness of the health care and other systems to respond to a subsequent wave, the statement said.
A total of 2,889 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Balkan country so far; 167 people have died. Enditem