Bulgarian school children are being told to stop eating meat in schools as the government and local authorities try to stem a massive spike in cases of coronavirus.
Bulgarian Health Minister Georgii Kalogridis said in a statement that the authorities are working to stop the spread of the coronaviruses.
The government announced the suspension of meat in Bulgaria in October, following a major spike in coronaviral cases in the country.
It was also the first time the government had banned the consumption of meat outside of a special menu of foods.
The suspension of beef and pork has since been lifted.
But the government has since said that the ban on the consumption will continue for three weeks, during which time the meat must be refrigerated.
“In order to avoid causing any health concerns, we are asking students to stop consuming meat,” Kalogri said.
He also said that students will be asked to consume pork and beef separately, adding that the meat should be served in its raw form and not cooked.
“The food should not be cooked as it may have harmful health effects, as well as be contaminated with virus-causing material,” Kalogyri said, adding: “I will not let you eat the raw meat that you have been told to keep off, but will allow you to prepare it at home.”
The Bulgarian government has been trying to combat the coronovirus outbreak with a massive food program, with about 1,000 schools in the capital Sofia providing free meals for all children.
But many schools have been understaffed, making it hard to provide enough nutritious food for all pupils.