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Health minister hints ‘end of pandemic’ by shaking hands with citizens

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has shown hints that the end of the coronavirus pandemic is nearing while visiting tradesmen in the southeastern province of Adıyaman unmasked and shaking hands with them.

"We are going back to our old days when measures or curbs did not exist," Koca said on April 25.

Vaccine effective against all variants of SARS-CoV-2 has been developed in Vienna

Preclinical data on the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developed at MedUni Vienna show that it is effective against all known variants of SARS-CoV-2, including Omicron - even in individuals who have not yet developed immunity to SARS-CoV-2 as result of vaccination (unresponsive cases). The survey data was recently published in the leading journal Allergy.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: 3411 New Cases in the Last 24 hours

3411 are the new cases of coronavirus in Bulgaria for the past 24 hours, according to the data of the unified information portal. Positive samples are 15.5% of the 21,984 tests performed.

229,935 are active cases.

4,712 patients are in hospitals, 537 of whom are in intensive care units. 8,490 people were cured in the last 24 hours.

Pandemic situation appears to be stable, says expert

The pandemic situation in Turkey appears to have stabilized, an expert has said, however, warning that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 still poses risks, particularly to the unvaccinated.

The recent increase in coronavirus cases Turkey has witnessed is due to this strain, said Afşin Kayıpmaz from the Health Ministry's Science Board.