Bulgaria submerged, rise of new cases in Germany

Faced with the virulence of the Covid-19 epidemic which is hitting the country, Bulgaria is preparing to entrust its patients to other countries, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday 23 October. The country is particularly affected by a fourth wave while vaccination coverage remains low.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.9 million people worldwide since the World Health Organization (WHO) office in China reported the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, responsible for Covid- 19 at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by Agence France-Presse (AFP) from official sources on Friday.

The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with more than 735,000 deaths for more than 45 million cases, according to the Johns-Hopkins University count on Sunday. Followed by Brazil, which has more than 605,000 deaths due to Covid-19.

The rise in Covid-19 cases in Buglarie is overwhelming the hospital system. “Our capacity in terms of manpower and ventilators is almost exhausted, we will have to seek help abroad”, alerted the Minister of Health Stoycho Katsarov on the Nova TV channel, if the contaminations curve does not decrease within ten to fifteen days. “Discussions are underway with the EU [Union européenne] to transfer patients to other countries, if we had to come to that ”. The minister added that a new containment was not excluded. Neighboring Romania has raised its health restrictions.

Despite the establishment in Bulgaria of a health pass in places such as restaurants and shopping centers, experts report that the current wave could cause up to 5,000 to 9,000 contaminations per day within two weeks, in this country of 6.9 million inhabitants.

Bulgaria is one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rate in the EU, held back by the spread of conspiracy theories and people’s mistrust of the authorities. Only 24% of Bulgarians are fully vaccinated.

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  • Emergence of cases in Germany

The seven-day incidence rate reached 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany on Saturday, for the first time since May, confirming an upsurge in the pandemic. This indicator thus found more or less the level known on May 13, when it displayed the value 104, falling the next day to 97.

This rate of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has long been considered in Germany as the threshold from which a strict containment must be triggered but the German Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, wanted to be reassuring on Saturday on this subject, estimating that the country was better equipped to face the disease thanks to vaccination. However, he hinted that certain distancing rules such as wearing a mask or limiting indoor activities for unvaccinated people would remain in effect until spring.

  • Contamination at the highest in Russia

Russia recorded more than 1,075 deaths from Covid-19 and 37,600 infections in the last twenty-four hours on Saturday, the highest figures for the third day in a row, a sign of the violence of the epidemic wave hitting the country. Barely a third of Russians have been immunized since the appearance of the first national vaccine, Sputnik V, in December 2020. A failure which can be explained in particular by the traditional mistrust of the population towards the authorities.

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  • Vietnam reopens Phu Quoc Island in November

Vietnam plans to reopen Phu Quoc Island to vaccinated foreign visitors at the end of November, officials said, as the country seeks to revive its tourism industry after almost two years of closure. From November 20, « vols charters » for international travelers with vaccine passports will be back on the island. Between the end of December and the end of March, Phu Quoc hopes to welcome up to 5,000 foreigners on similar charter flights. Tourists will be required to present vaccination certificates as well as a negative Covid-19 test result before being allowed to enter.

The World with AFP