Сovid-19 in Bulgaria: Day 267

GERB proposes zero VAT for Covid-19 vaccines

From January 1, supplies of Covid-19 vaccines shall be taxed with zero VAT. The amendment to the VAT Law was submitted to Bulgaria’s National Assembly. The zero tax will be valid until the end of 2022, BTA reports. Earlier, Premier Borissov announced that vaccination against Covid-19 will be free and voluntary. A zero tax rate is also proposed for Covid-19 tests in in-vitro procedures.

Bulgaria reports 1,792 cases of Covid-19 out of 4,928 PCR tests

1,792 cases of Covid-19 have been registered in Bulgaria in the past 24 hours out of 4,928 PCR tests performed, data of the Single Information Portal show. 36.3% of the PCR tests have returned positive. 105 medics have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

The number of active cases reached 90,219. The total number of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 141,747. A total of 6,830 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals, 431 of whom in intensive care units. 1,039 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. The total number of Covid-19 recoveries reached 47,779. 69 patients have died with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, thus bringing the total death toll to 3,749. A total of 964,461 PCR tests have been performed in Bulgaria since the beginning of the pandemic.

Second group of volunteers to help medics at Bulgaria’s military hospitals

A second group of 40 servicemen from different military formations of the Bulgarian Armed Forces will join the battle against Covid-19 on November 30. They will help the medics working at hospitals within the Military Medical Academy.

The teams will rotate every two weeks. The servicemen have been assigned with the task to make disinfection, measure body temperature and participate in support activities at the Virology laboratory, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defense announced.

The volunteers are distributed in the Military Medical Academy in Sofia, as well as in the military hospitals in Varna, Plovdiv, Pleven and Sliven. Some of them have acquired special skills in courses for combat medical assistants, BTA reports.

Bulgaria is ready to emerge from coronavirus crisis: Premier Borissov

Our goal is to overcome the coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible, so that next year Bulgaria’s gross domestic product can grow 3.8%-4%. After the crisis, if the European economy starts growing again, and this will happen after the vaccination, Bulgaria will be the first country to emerge from the crisis, Premier Boyko Borissov said during a visit to South Bulgaria which was broadcasted on his Facebook page.

Minister Sacheva expects 7% unemployment at the end of 2020

Unemployment fell from 9% in May to 6.9% in October, this country’s Minister of Labor and Social Policy Denitsa Sacheva said for BNR. She forecasted that unemployment will slightly increase in December, because of the second lockdown and the closure of some businesses. However, in her view, nothing catastrophic will happen and unemployment will remain near 7% at the end of 2020.

The funds allocated for employers under the 60/40 and 80/20 wage support schemes, as well as under the Employment for You project “are only for salaries and cannot be used for anything else”, Minister Sacheva warned. Denitsa Sacheva is adamant that the measures can be combined, but one and the same employee or worker cannot receive money under all measures at the same time. However, employers can combine all measures to provide enough funds for their personnel.
Compiled by: Ivo Ivanov

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