Bulgaria makes face masks obligatory in public as new COVID-19 cases surge

FILE PHOTO: People wear protective masks following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, during their morning commute in a station, in Hong Kong, China February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

Bulgaria Health Ministry decided on Tuesday that wearing protective masks is obligatory in all outdoor spaces starting from Thursday, as coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours hit a new record.

“Wearing protective masks, along with social distancing and frequent disinfection, will slow the spread of the virus by about 30% and help prevent the health system from being overwhelmed,” Bulgaria Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said.

Worth mentioning, Bulgaria reported 1,024 new infections on Tuesday, the highest since the first cases were reported in March. The Balkan country of seven million people now has 30,527 confirmed cases including 1,008 deaths.