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Bulgarian capital Sofia introduces first-stage anti-Covid measures – The Sofia Globe

The Bulgarian capital Sofia, classified as a Covid-19 red zone, has implemented first-stage measures against the spread of the disease since July 18, according to a statement from the municipality.

It is now compulsory to wear protective masks in health establishments and social care homes, said Dr Dancho Penchev, chief of operational staff in Sofia.

Given the Covid-19 morbidity rate in Sofia, it is recommended to wear masks on public transport and in other closed places where people gather, the statement said.

Professor Todor Kantardzhiev, consultant to the municipality on the outbreak, said the BA5 variant of Covid-19 would be dominant in the city for up to a month.

He recommended that public places be regularly ventilated as a measure against the disease.

Deputy Mayor of Sofia Albena Atanassova said the entry of foreigners into social service institutions is subject to strict compliance with anti-epidemic measures, such as the use of protective equipment, including disposable clothes.

Employers and residents of social service institutions are regularly tested.

A campaign to educate the public and employees about the benefits of vaccines and compliance with measures continues, Atanassova said.

A total of 3,163 people use the social facilities of Sofia Municipality, of which around 45% have been vaccinated.

The highest percentage of people vaccinated are those in retirement homes, 65%. Fifty-four percent of employees of social service institutions have been vaccinated.

Disinfection of public transport vehicles continued, as well as in kindergartens and social care homes.

The operational headquarters in Sofia has asked municipal medical institutions to be ready to open beds for the treatment of patients with Covid-19.

Separately, the Bulgarian Ministry of Health said on July 18 that nine districts were in stage 1 of the national operational plan to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The others were at stage 0, the statement said, without identifying any of the districts.

Being in stage 1 means that the regional health inspectorate of the district must introduce first stage measures, as Sofia has done.

The Bulgarian government adopted the revised version of the national plan last week, the last government in the country to do so since the start of the pandemic. The plan provides five steps, with answers at each step. No government has yet followed its own plan.

The Ministry of Health indicated that during a meeting of its departmental committee on the pandemic, it indicated that outbreaks of Covid-19 had been recorded in several social homes in the country, and that the elderly were the most affected. by the new wave.

Arrangements have been made to ensure that medical facilities across the country receive sufficient quantities of drugs to treat coronavirus infection, the committee meeting said.

(Photo of Tsaritsa Joanna Hospital in Sofia: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

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