Sofia: Bulgarian government is likely to void carrying a green pass by the month of March, as the political cost rises for the new administration. The Pandemic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Professor Radka Argirova, noted that the Omicron variant of the deadliest COVID-19 pandemic would be at its peak between 8-10 February, 2022, after which the green pass might be abolished as the situation of viral disease will ease.
Professor Argirova stated when the hospitalization toll (particularly in the Intensive Care Unit) gets below 5%; the government then will possibly negate the green pass, which might happen within the forthcoming six weeks.
Bulgaria is having the lowest vaccination coverage rate among the other European nations. The reason for this is stated as the fake news on social media, a few of the wrong decisions taken by the government and broad distrust of institutions, as per the country’s healthcare experts.
Although, the European country has witnessed a decrease in the daily COVID-19 infection rate as compared to the previous week.
The statistics shared by the Bulgarian health ministry notes that the nation at present has the availability of 2,060 beds for intensive care and nearly 1,500 beds with mechanical ventilation. When the country reduces the mark to 100 bed ICU hospitalizations, only then the government will be able to lift the green pass, and Bulgaria will head towards normalcy. Currently, around 560 ICU beds are occupied by the COVID-19 patients in Bulgaria.
To date, there are a total of 2,011 537 individuals who are fully vaccinated by taking their required number of the WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines—these numbers count for around 29% of the total targeted eligible population.
On the other hand, there are a total of 632,262 persons in Bulgaria who are fully immunized and have taken their booster shots, which counts for around 9.1% of the total population, according to the data.