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Bulgaria posts new record of 12,399 daily COVID infections

A patient recovering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is pictured at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Lozenetz hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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SOFIA, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Bulgaria reported a record 12,399 coronavirus infections in a single day on Wednesday, official data showed, with most cases caused by the more contagious variant of Omicron.

The European Union country, where less than 30% of the population of 7 million has been vaccinated, has also recorded 73 other deaths.

The number of infections in Bulgaria exceeds 903,000, with 32,869 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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The new centrist government has repeatedly called on vaccine-skeptical Bulgarians to get vaccinated to avoid pressure on hospitals that could impose tougher restrictions.

About 5,300 people were admitted to hospital on Wednesday, including 692 in intensive care.

A recent increase in the number of children testing positive for coronavirus has prompted authorities to consider extending a one-day break to nine, starting Jan. 29, the education minister said.

More than 38% of students have switched to online classes, while restaurants, cafes and bars in the capital, Sofia, will have to operate at 50% capacity and close at 10 p.m. from Thursday.

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Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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