SOFIA (Bulgaria), April 8 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria is re-allocating 40 million levs ($22.2 million/22.5 million) in EU funds to the health ministry for the procurement of medical equipment and protective gear needed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), prime minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday.
With the funds, provided under the European Union's operational programme Regions in Growth 2014-2020, the health ministry will purchase medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, tests kits and protective equipment for the needs of local hospitals, Borissov said in a statement posted on his Facebook profile.
The move became possible after approval from the European Commission and is in line with its proposal to allow EU member states to mobilise additional funding within the limits of their operational programmes for the purpose of fighting COVID-19, the prime minister also said.
As of Wednesday, there are 593 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria, including 24 deaths related to the disease as well as 42 recoveries. The country is currently in a state of emergency due to the virus.
(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)