Students in 15 of Bulgaria’s 28 districts will continue to study online until another 200,000 non-intrusive tests for Covid-19 arrive, the education ministry said on November 9.
Bulgaria has introduced a system where pupils in grades 1 through 4 can resume learning in person, while being tested twice a week. The test is based on saliva. Parental authorization for the test is required, otherwise the student will remain in distance education.
The Education Ministry said there was no information on when the delayed tests would be delivered.
Previously, the Ministry of Health had signed contracts with two companies for 200,000 tests each and had issued a tender for more than 1.4 million additional tests.
One provider fulfilled its commitment and the 200,000 tests were immediately distributed to 13 districts, including the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia.
The districts that have not received tests are the districts of Plovdiv, Rousse, Haskovo, Bourgas, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Yambol, Veliko Turnovo, Pleven, Lovech, Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Pernik and Sofia.
Parents and teachers will be notified when the tests arrive and will have at least two days in advance to prepare for the resumption of in-person learning for students in grades one to four, the ministry said. education.
Students from neighborhoods where the tests were taken can return to class from November 10.
There has been no announcement of the extent to which parents have consented to their children’s testing. In parts of Bulgaria, there have been protests against the system, according to media reports, while the teachers’ union of the Podkrepa Confederation of Labor has expressed many reservations about the system.
In other news on Covid-19 in Bulgaria:
Nova Televizia reported on November 9 that hospitals in Bulgaria are still on the brink due to the peak of the current wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At St Anna Hospital in Sofia, the three floors dedicated to Covid-19 patients are almost always full. The situation is similar in other medical facilities, according to the report, adding that some hospitals have drawn up waiting lists for admissions.
The director of St Anna’s Hospital, Prof. Rada Prokopova, told Nova Televizia that under an order from the acting health minister, the hospital should have 30 patients per floor, but currently the number was from 34.
“Yesterday there were 37 on my floor. Because even if they prevent ambulances from coming to our medical establishment, many people come, brought by their relatives, ”said Prokopova.
The vast majority of severe cases in hospital were people who had not been vaccinated against Covid-19
“So far, a vaccinated patient has died. We managed to save everyone, ”said Prokopova.
The director of the Bulgarian Medical Association (BMA), Dr Ivan Madzharov, told a conference in Sofia on November 9 that doctors found guilty by the court of issuing fake Covid certificates would have their licenses issued. exercise revoked.
“Issuing a false certificate is an act which takes away the right to life. Such a doctor may not continue to practice his profession, ”Madzharov said.
He said the company expects the BMA to respond to the alarming question about fake certificates. The association’s position was that in the event of a guilty verdict, the doctor’s license would be revoked.
(Photo: Ministry of Education)
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