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For the last 24 hours, a total of 1,515 tests (PCR and antigen) were performed, which is 399 fewer than 1,914 samples in the previous report. Thus, the percentage changes from 12.43 percent to 15.24%.
For the day, 1,457 antigen tests were performed, of which 221 were positive, i.e. 15.16%. PCR tests are 58, and there are 10 detected cases with this type of samples or 17.24 percent.
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The most cases were found in the city of Sofia – 55, followed by Plovdiv with 23. In 4 regions – Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Lovech and Smolyan, no new infected were registered.
Total confirmed cases are 1,314,062. 3,801,062 PCRs and 7,561,927 antigen tests have been performed (total 11,362,989), with the average percentage of positive samples since the beginning of the pandemic being 11.56 percent – unchanged on a daily basis.
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Active cases are increasing seriously and are now 2954 – with 117 more. According to experts, the huge drop in early July 2022, when within two weeks the number of active infections decreased by about 90,000, is explained by the fact that there were many unreported recovered patients in the past two years and especially during the peaks in the previous waves, when the regional RZIs were extremely busy, due to which the real numbers were not taken into account, and now this indicator is being corrected.
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However, there is a decrease in the number of hospitalized persons, as they are 308 – with 7 less (34 were admitted to hospitals, 41 were discharged). For comparison, during the worst days of the pandemic in April 2021, more than 10,500 people were treated in hospitals. Patients admitted to intensive care units are 18 – with 1 less on a daily basis. It is the occupancy of intensive care beds that is one of the main criteria for tightening the measures in our country, and not, as before, the number of infected persons or active cases.
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In this regard, the Unified Information Portal presents data on the occupancy of intensive care beds in the five clusters. The whole country is at Stage 0 – blue zone ie. the lowest level. Due to the reduction of workload in intensive sectors, from March 21, 2022, the green certificate was completely discontinued. And with the arrival of the fifth official cabinet, appointed by Rumen Radev, it became clear that every week an expert council will report the most important data and decide whether and what measures will be taken.
114 were officially registered as cured in the last report, bringing the total number to 1,272,643. No deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Thus, the number of those who lost the battle with the virus in Bulgaria remains 38,465.
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A total of 26,584 medical personnel are among the official coronavirus cases, which means there are 3 new ones. There are 1,536 people under quarantine, which is 1,418 fewer than the currently active cases. Information on the number of people quarantined due to COVID-19 is available here, although according to the Ministry of Health it is not public. It is the number of quarantined persons that should be taken as a guide regarding the real number of active cases at the moment in the country.
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The Ministry of Health also presents data on what proportion of those infected, admitted to hospital and those who died were not fully vaccinated. During the last 24 hours, 51.52% of those infected were not immunized. 73.53 percent of those hospitalized also did not have a vaccine.
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The unified information portal also provides data on the administered doses of vaccines. So far they have totaled 4,615,738, which means there are 1040 new doses. Another increase compared to previous months, when the number rarely exceeded 20. This is explained by the first shipment of the vaccine against the XBB 1.5 subvariant of Omicron, which specialists say protects against both it and its derivatives, called Heresy and Perola.
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According to the latest report, 2,077,841 people or 31.96 percent have completed the immunization cycle – two mRNA doses or one of the “Jansen” company. This figure has seen several drastic jumps and drops in recent months, for which there was no official explanation. On July 13, people with full immunizations decreased by 13,364 from the previous report. The figures also saw a drop between March 20 and 21 by about 9,000 people, and on July 4 they inexplicably increased by 13,385.
947,992 people or 14.58 percent also received a booster dose, with most of them in the capital. A total of 75,422 people have received the vaccine adapted against the Omicron variant.
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From June 27, 2022, anyone who wishes can take a second booster dose. It should be done at least 4 months after the first booster in individuals whose completed vaccination course is a two-dose vaccine. All persons aged 18 and over who wish to receive a second booster vaccine against COVID-19 can do so at the RZI vaccination points, general practitioners’ offices, as well as in inpatient and outpatient medical care facilities.
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