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SOFIA: Bulgarian Minister of Sports Krasen Kralev on Thursday he urged football clubs to observe strict government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus after local media reported that some teams violated the ban on outdoor gatherings this week.

Kralev sent a letter to the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) to express concern after video posted online showed CSKA Serbian coach Milos Kruscic , two of his assistants and at least six foreign players training at the club's base in Pancharevo on Tuesday.

Bulgarian authorities have already launched an investigation into a possible violation after quotes from a Lokomotiv Plovdiv player that his club had resumed training last week.

However, the two clubs denied wrongdoing and said they would observe government measures.

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The Balkan country, which declared a state of emergency until May 13, imposed a ban on groups of more than two adults who gather together, while the BFU medical commission banned all team training activities on 17 of March.

Minister Kralev urged the BFU to re-notify all its members in writing of the restrictions imposed and the subsequent sanctions for its violation, the sports ministry said in a statement.

Soccer in the Black Sea state has been suspended for almost a month and the BFU has said the ban will remain in effect for major divisions until at least May 13.

As of Thursday, Bulgaria had 611 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 24 deaths.