March 17, 2020 / 6:07 PM / 23 days ago

Bulgaria seals off ski resort of Bansko over coronavirus

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria put its ski resort of Bansko under a two-week lockdown after three people there tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev said.

Access to the resort, home to some 10,000 people and located in southwestern Bulgaria, will be curtailed until the end of the month. Some 200 foreign tourists currently in Bansko will be escorted to Sofia Airport if they opt to leave.

Bulgaria’s confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 81 on Tuesday. It has banned all holiday trips to the country in an effort to contain the infection.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Gareth Jones

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