Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is the youngest leader to test positive for coronavirus as the eastern European country grapples with a surge in new coronavirus infections.
The 61-year-old European leader, who self-isolated late Friday, said today he will stay at home for any treatment, as recommended by his doctors, after testing positive for the virus.
Mr Borissov, who met with US Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Keith Krach on Friday, informed the US Embassy in Sofia of the situation, the Sofia Health Inspectorate said.
The announcement comes as Bulgaria, like many other EU countries, has seen a sharp increase in new infections.
As of Sunday, 1,043 new cases were reported in the country by seven million people, bringing the total positive cases to 37,562 and the number of deaths to 1,084.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, 61, said on Sunday that he would stay home after testing positive for coronavirus
It also comes that Europe's daily cases exceeded 200,000 in one day on Friday after doubling in just ten days. Many countries set records and governments were torn between fighting the virus and keeping the economy going.
The government press office said Mr. Borissov could do his job and was in constant contact with his ministers.
Mr Borissov had self-isolated late Friday after being told that a deputy minister he had been in contact with five days ago had tested positive.
Health officials lifted the prime minister's quarantine late Saturday after two negative results from coronavirus tests, but he tested positive on Sunday.
In a post on his official Facebook account, Mr Borrissov said: “Although my quarantine has been lifted, since Friday I have postponed all my meetings and planned public appearances for the coming days.
"After two PCR tests, I am positive with COVID-19 as of today," he said. & # 39; I feel generally unwell. At the moment, I remain in home treatment at the doctors' discretion. & # 39;
It was not immediately clear whether he was already receiving any particular treatment.
Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said on Facebook that he was self-isolating because he met Mr Borissov on Friday.
Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Temenuzhka Petkova and Transportation Secretary Rosen Zhelyazkov, who attended the meeting with the US official, said they too are self-isolating.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the EU summit in Brussels earlier this month
1,043 new cases were reported in the country on Sunday, bringing the total to 37,562 positive cases
The Eastern European nation has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, recording a total of 1,084 deaths to date
The Bulgarian capital Sofia and other cities across the country have closed nightclubs for two weeks.
The announcement comes just a day after Polish President Andrzej Duda tested positive for Covid-19.
Mr Duda, 48, said in a recording posted on Twitter Saturday that he had no coronavirus symptoms, "but unfortunately the test result is absolutely clear."
In a message on social media, the chairman said: “I would like to apologize to everyone who has been exposed to quarantine procedures for meeting me in the past few days.
"If I had had symptoms of coronavirus, please believe me, all meetings would have been canceled."
The president's diagnosis stems from an increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus-related deaths in Poland, a country of 38 million with very low infection rates in the spring.
It comes just a day after Polish President Andrzej Duda, 48, said he tested positive for coronavirus
Poland reported 13,628 new confirmed cases and a record 179 daily Covid-19 deaths on Saturday. The daily number of cases was the second highest in the pandemic in the nation after a record number set on Friday.
On Friday, the Polish head of state visited the national stadium in Warsaw, which is being converted into one of the field hospitals.
He also presented state awards to Iga Swiatek, the 19-year-old Polish tennis player who won the French Open that month, and her father and coach Tomasz Swiatek.
Duda and the Swiateks wore masks and gloves, but were very close and shook hands as the President attached pins of honor to them.
Iga Swiatek said she and others on her team had no symptoms but would go into quarantine after Duda's test positive. She said they will be tested regularly and will be tested again in three days.