Bulgaria’s Health Ministry urges prosecutions for gross breaches of anti-epidemic measures

Bulgaria’s Health Ministry has issued a call to bodies in charge of checking on compliance with measures against the spread of Covid-19 to refer gross breaches of the rules to prosecutors.

In a statement on September 14, the ministry said that many media reports showed non-compliance and even opposition to anti-epidemic measures, most often by nightclubs and even by some mayors.

“A direct consequence of such illegal behaviour is the increase in the number of infected and deceased compatriots. In the past 24 hours alone, the number of new cases of infection is 1998, and of the dead, 139,” the ministry said, citing figures posted in the daily report on the unified information portal.

“Propaganda against vaccination and non-compliance with physical measures to limit the spread can only lead to even worse results,” the Health Ministry said.

It said that it wanted the control bodies of the regional health inspectorates, the Interior Ministry, the Bulgaria Food Safety Agency and the municipal administrations to strengthen control over the observance of anti-epidemic measures.

Each case of gross violation of the measures should be referred to the district prosecutor’s office, the ministry said.

“The government has compensation programs for all those affected by the anti-epidemic measures, and after the update of the state budget it has the necessary funds. Any of the affected individuals and legal entities can apply to the relevant ministry and receive compensation,” the Health Ministry said.

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