COVID-19 in Bulgaria: Full Lockdown if Measures Do not Work in the Next 10-15 Days

The European Commission has proposed that Bulgaria can transport COVID-19 patients to other countries if necessary. This plan has already been discussed between the Minister of Health Stoycho Katsarov and the European Commissioner for Health.

"The worst-case scenario for our country is to deplete the capacity of hospitals and they will not be able to accept patients," Minister Katsarov told Awake. According to him, the current wave should be controlled in 10-15 days.

"In 10-15 days we will have a big problem. Yesterday we had a meeting with the directors of the hospitals in Sofia, they are constantly opening new beds, but the capacity both as people and as respirators is almost exhausted", explained Dr. Katsarov. There were no respirators in the State Reserve either. Promises that we will receive such came from the World Bank.

"I also talked to the health commissioner the other day, who proposed this emergency response plan. If we get there, we can transport patients for treatment in other countries," Katsarov said.

"I do not want to scare people, but the situation is extremely serious and this has forced us to resort to such measures, which are clearly not popular," said Dr. Katsarov. If the measures are boycotted by the people, they will not work, the minister added.

"If the measures do not work for the next 10-15 days, the only alternative to the measures is a complete lockdown," said Minister Katsarov. If the measures work, children in grades 1 to 4 will return to school first. "This is the first thing that will happen," the minister promised.

He also commented on the controversial issue of why restaurants work and children do not go to...

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