School holidays in various Bulgarian cities and towns extended because of flu

A flu epidemic was declared in Bulgaria’s Stara Zagora on January 3, with measures including the closure of schools until January 9.

The mayor of Bulgaria’s largest Black Sea city, Varna, issued an order on January 3 extending school holidays to January 9.

This makes the two cities the latest to extend the Christmas school holidays, scheduled to end on January 4. Earlier, the municipalities of Plovdiv, Karlovo and Gabrovo rescheduled the opening of schools to January 9 as a measure against the spread of flu.

Some days ago, flu epidemics were declared in Pernik, Haskovo and Harmanli.

In Stara Zagora, the rate of flu infection had reached close to 371 out of every 10 000 people, the regional health authority said. A flu epidemic is declared when the rate is 330 out of 10 000.

As is standard practice in the event of a flu epidemic, routine medical checkups of children and pregnant women are suspended until the epidemic is over.

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The Sofia Globe staff

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