At a working meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, the National Operational Headquarters recommended a gradual easing of anti-epidemic measures, arguing that Bulgaria is one of the four European countries outside the red zone, with a morbidity of less than 100 per 100,000 people on a 14-day basis.
From the beginning of February they will be able to open the halls for fitness, sports, dance and cultural events, as well as the shops in the malls. From February 4, the attendance training of students from 5th to 12th grade will be resumed in a strictly defined order, confirmed the headquarters, quoted by the press service of the cabinet.
The Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov announced that he will issue an order for mandatory entry with PCR test of third-country nationals and citizens of the European Union. By the end of January, according to his last order the entry of citizens of some third countries, such as Russia, the United States, Iran, is prohibited, unless they are Bulgarians. C another commandment Until the end of January, the entry of citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is prohibited, unless they are Bulgarians. However, they are placed under a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
“Today we will take action to issue an order for entry into the territory of the country to all citizens coming from third countries and the European Union, with mandatory entry into our country with PCR test. In this way we want to secure the territory of Bulgaria and increase security to the Bulgarian citizens regarding the introduction of the new variant of the coronavirus in the country “, said Angelov.
Borissov ordered the Minister of Health to meet with representatives of restaurants, bars and nightclubs and again discuss possible options for their opening.
“Let them still remember that a month ago there were people who died in ambulances while walking around. There were no beds in hospitals, there were people who had a very hard time fighting for beds. That was a month ago. To our joy with our measures we stopped it within weeks, “Borissov said. He pointed out that if the establishments start working again now, when the number of people infected with coronavirus increases, they will have to be closed again and in that case it will be more difficult for the state to pay aid, because notifications will be needed again.
The vaccination plan
Kostadin Angelov reports that so far more than 26,000 people have been immunized, with 4,610 receiving the second dose of the vaccine. Vaccination of teachers will begin in some areas of the country.
The lists of those wishing to be vaccinated from the third vase of the vaccination plan are also being prepared. “Let people know that for a maximum of 3-4 days after the arrival of the vaccine, half of the quantities are given and the other half is kept for 21 days, for the second dose. With these shaken deliveries, we do not risk human health.” , said the Prime Minister.
The executive director of the Medicines Agency, Bogdan Kirilov, reports that more than 14,000 doses of vaccines have arrived today and will be launched immediately. From next week, deliveries will be on a weekly basis. The decision of the European Medicines Agency is also expected for the third vaccine, which, if approved, will be available from next month. Kirilov informed that there are sufficient amounts of remdesivir, as well as medical oxygen.
The chairman of the National Operations Staff and head of the Military Medical Academy, Ventsislav Mutafchiiski, and the director of Pirogov, Asen Baltov, reported that the number of hospitalized and intensive care patients was decreasing in the medical establishments they run. “Bulgaria is in a very good situation, but in our country the new version of the virus is isolated and this is an alarming fact that should sharpen our attention,” said the chief of staff. The director of the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and member of staff Todor Kantardzhiev noted that there is no medical evidence to show that the new version of COVID-19 is more severe, but certainly more contagious.