July 24, 2020 / 9:45 AM / in 18 days

Bulgarian PM Borissov isolated, awaits COVID-19 test results

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov leaves a meeting at the EU summit, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium early July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool/Files

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has gone into quarantine after the head of his political office tested positive for coronavirus late on Thursday, the government press office said in a statement.

Borissov, 61, whose first test for coronavirus came out negative, will stay in self-isolation until the results of a second test taken early on Friday come out, a government spokeswoman said.

Bulgaria has registered a spike in coronavirus infections in the past month. On Friday, the Balkan country had 268 new cases, bringing the total to 9,853 including 329 deaths.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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