Sofia, Bulgaria: The National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD), on June 8, shared the COVID-19 report, which states that the Omicron variant has been found in all the ninety-two (92) samples which were tested.
These samples have been taken from the COVID-19 patients during the time period of May 2 to May 17, 2022, NCIPD further stated, and were taken from 20 districts out of 28.
The BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron strain has been found dominant in among seventy-one (71) cases which accounts for nearly 77.2%. As per the previous reports, the strain was discovered in at least 80% of the patients who tested positive for Omicron.
According to the information shared by NCIPD, till May 26, a total of four (4) patients lost their lives, whereas four were in the hospital facilities among the samples taken by NCIPD. Of this number, during the same duration, a total of eighteen (18) individuals were undergoing treatment, and a total of sixty-six (66) patients got recovered from the contagious mutant.
On the other hand, the remaining samples contain another six different sub-variants of the Omicron strain; NCIPD further shares information in its report. A total of 3 cases of BA.1.1 and 10 cases of the BA.2.9 subvariant were also recorded.
The majority of the samples were taken from the capital city of Sofia (39), followed by the districts of Plovdiv (seven), while five samples each were taken from Bourgas, Varna and Stara Zagora.
Although the COVID situation in the Balkan state is improving, according to the report. The death rate of Bulgaria also witnessed a significant decline, while the recovery rate has increased.
Besides this, the Balkan state needs to speed up its vaccination drive, as it is among the countries with the least immunization rate in the entire European region.