Bulgarian Health Minister: Restrictions in Five Areas are Expected within Days
“The measures that will be taken in the areas with higher morbidity will be taken in 5 days. These are the districts of Sofia-city, Blagoevgrad, Pernik, Stara Zagora, Burgas. These measures will be taken at the district level. We have maximally reflected the desire of the Ministry of Education to preserve the face-to-face education of children from 1st to 4th grade,” said Professor Serbezova. She added: “At the present stage, the current face-to-face learning process is preserved, which is closely monitored. The vacation, announced by Academician Nikolay Denkov, will provide an opportunity for a break without harming the learning process.” This was stated on Nova TV by the Minister of Health, Professor Asena Serbezova.
“The 14-day morbidity varies in different districts of the country. From 265 per 100 thousand people - to 2369 people per 100 thousand people in Blagoevgrad. These large differences are determined by various factors. Therefore, each Regional Headquarters, depending on the situation takes regional measures. With this big difference at the regional level, restrictions at the national level are not needed at the moment.”
According to her, thanks to the model of the Ministry of Health for crisis management with COVID-19, the number of sick medical staff is taken into account. “The number of beds can be increased, but it is very important who will treat us. The morbidity of the medical staff is monitored daily”, the Minister is categorical. According to her, the most problematic in terms of morbidity at the moment is Sofia.
She disagreed with critics of including the criterion for monitoring the occupancy of intensive care beds. “They probably miss that this is not the only factor that is taken into account. We take into account how the virus works, which age groups get sick, how much the system is loaded and how people are treated in outpatient settings. Emergency calls are also counted.”
“Over 90% of those admitted to the intensive care unit have not been vaccinated. I want to appeal - to increase the vaccination coverage. Vaccines do not protect us 100 percent and no one has claimed it, but they protect us from the severe course of the disease,” said Minister Serbezova.
She also commented on the topic of green certificates. “The validity of the green certificates will be within 270 days from February 1, as recommended by the EC. At this stage, the antibody certificate is not revoked. Thus, the validity of the document for people with a completed vaccination course will be valid for 9 months. A similar deadline is currently being discussed for people who have had the disease and those with antibodies. However, that depends on the health experts.”
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