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Bulgaria's daily coronavirus cases hit record high of 436

A woman wearing protective face mask walks past closed shops in a shopping mall as only pharmacies, supermarkets and bank offices remain open, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sofia, Bulgaria March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dimitar Kyosemarliev/Files

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria registered a record high 436 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, data from the national information platform on the disease showed on Wednesday.

A total of 22,306 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the Balkan country of 7 million people, including 862 deaths. Eight people have died in the past 24 hours.

Daily coronavirus infections started to increase in late September.

Bulgarians have to wear protective face masks in closed public spaces and keep social distance and the government has said it does not plan to introduce any new restrictive measures for the time being.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; editing by Jason Neely