456 of 457 COVID patients tests Omicron positive in Bulgaria
456 of 457 COVID patients tests Omicron positive in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria: The National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases – (NCIPD) on March 25, Friday, stated that additional 456 cases of the Omicron variant have been found in 457 samples processed of the COVID-19 patients, from 24 out of Bulgaria’s 28 districts.

These samples of coronavirus patients were taken in the time frame between February 8 to March 10, 2022. According to the data shared by the NCIPD, the positivity rate of these additional COVID-19 Omicron cases stands at 99.8%, which is higher than the data compared to the previous week. 

The official data further notes that, among the COVID patients who contracted the Omicron variant, a total of 318 are undergoing treatment at their respective homes for the present time. A total of thirty (30) Omicron patients are currently at the hospital facilities, whereas ninety-nine (99) patients got recovered. 

There are a total of nine (9) Omicron patients who lost their lives to the deadliest viral illness between the time period of March 1 to 15, 2022, as per NCIPD. 

Among these, one individual was found with the Delta variant of the COVID-19 mutant (base B.1.617.2 strain), as per NCIPD’s statement. 

Below is the list of Bulgarian districts with the number of COVID Omicron patients: 

  • districts of Bourgas (143),
  • Rousse (86),
  • followed by the city of Sofia (43), 
  • the districts of Stara Zagora (43),
  • and Varna (39).  

BA.2 subvariant has been found as the dominant variant in at least 213 COVID-19 patients, according to the data shared by NCIPD. On the other hand, the other sub-variants – BA.1.1 was found in a total of 147 samples and BA.1 in ninety-six (96) cases. 

The official data adds, so far, around 29.6% of the total population has been fully vaccinated with taking the required number of the COVID-19 jabs, whereas around 10.3% of the Bulgarian population is fully vaccinated and have also taken their booster shots.