Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Notes from quarantine

Sitting confined to my home in quarantine as a contact person, I immediately self-isolated – in the sense of changing the channel – when I heard Bulgaria’s Labour and Social Policy Minister Denitsa Sacheva say in a television interview last night that the government is coping with the Covid-19 crisis.

Friday night at home should be an opportunity even for editors to avoid listening to puny politicians such as Sacheva twittering total twaddle, whether they be in government or opposition.

Finding little of interest on any other channel, I opened Facebook. Numerous of my friends were sharing a graph from the Our World In Data website showing Bulgaria as number one, as of November 20, in daily new confirmed deaths per million people.

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.