After COVID-19: Bulgaria’s Mortality Rate Among The Highest In The World!

The mortality rate in Bulgaria is among the highest in the world, despite the adequate resources and vaccines. This is presented in the audit report conducted by the National Court of Audit for the first two years of the pandemic.

The lack of an effective vaccination campaign contributes to this. Despite having sufficient quantities and the freedom to choose vaccines, the country is experiencing a slow vaccination process, with only around 30 percent vaccination coverage.

The report provides comprehensive information not only on the measures taken and their implementation but also on the impact of the pandemic on the entire healthcare system, as well as on the socio-economic life in our country.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict anti-epidemic measures resulted in significantly lower excess mortality in Bulgaria compared to the EU average. However, in 2021, an opposite trend is observed, with Bulgaria's average excess mortality significantly exceeding that of the EU.

According to data from the Ministry of Health's COVID registry, a total of 29,238 individuals have died from COVID-19 from the beginning of 2020 until the end of 2021, with 8,031 deaths occurring in 2020, including 100 healthcare workers, and 21,207 deaths occurring in 2021, including 78 healthcare workers. Among the deceased healthcare workers, the number of doctors exceeds that of nurses. The highest mortality from COVID-19 has been registered in the city of Sofia, while the lowest has been recorded in the Targovishte region. The highest mortality is among individuals aged 70-79 years - totaling 10,894 individuals, and among those aged 60-69 years - totaling 7,114 individuals. The lowest mortality is among individuals aged 0-19 years - 24 individuals, and those...

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