From February 28, all students in Bulgarian schools will attend in-person classes, the education ministry said.
The ministry said regional health inspectorates had lifted the restrictions due to the improving Covid-19 situation.
Students will be tested for Covid-19 once a week, with an exemption for those who have a green certificate, for vaccination, having had Covid-19, antibodies or a negative laboratory test.
Education Minister Nikolai Denkov said he expected the tests to be dropped, along with green certificates, by March 20 at the latest.
The ministry said there were enough Covid-19 tests for pupils. If tests are dropped before they run out, they will be held in reserve for possible new outbreaks, he said.
“Before the start of the last outbreak, about 1,000 students a week were getting sick,” Denkov said.
“At the height of the wave, we reached 12,000. Currently, around 2,000 students are infected per week and some of them are hospitalized. In other words, the wave has not passed yet,” he said.
As of February 26, Bulgaria’s national Covid-19 morbidity rate was 790.39 per 100,000 population over 14 days, down from 842.85 on February 25 and up from 1088.55 a week ago, February 19.
Twenty-three of Bulgaria’s 28 districts are dark red Covid-19 zones, which means a morbidity rate of 500 or more per 100,000 inhabitants on a 14-day basis, according to figures published on February 26 by the portal. unified information. .
The number of districts that are red zones – meaning a morbidity rate between 250 and 499.9 per 100,000 people – rose to four, after Kyustendil was removed from the dark red category.
Other districts that are red zones are Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik and Smolyan.
One district is in the yellow zone, which means a morbidity rate between 100 and 249.9 per 100,000 inhabitants: Kurdzhali.
The morbidity rate is highest in the Varna district, 1692.32 per 100,000 inhabitants, while in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, the Covid-19 morbidity rate is 902.54 per 100,000 inhabitants.
(Photo: Ministry of Education)
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