Sofia, 5 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has ordered every large hospital in Bulgaria to set up a coronavirus ward, as the country on Wednesday reported more than 4,000 new daily infections for the first time.
More than 1,600 of the 4,041 new cases recorded within the last 24 hours were reported in the capital, Sofia.
Borisov’s announcement comes after several Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms could not be admitted to hospitals.
One man died in an ambulance because hospitals refused to take him in, while another patient was taken to a hospital that was not equipped for the appropriate treatment and also died.
Several hospital face staff shortages and are looking for volunteers.
Meanwhile, tighter coronavirus rules were implemented in Bulgaria, including mandatory mask-wearing outside and stricter rules in bars, cafes and restaurants.
The Education Ministry is considering facilitating remote learning for all schools, after universities and high schools already shut a week ago. Currently, 623 pupils and 859 teachers are infected with the coronavirus, Deputy Education Minister Tanya Mikhailova told broadcaster bTV.
A total of 37,581 people currently have the virus in the country of 6.9 million people, including Borisov, who is in isolation.
Overall, 60,537 people have caught the virus since the beginning of the pandemic and 1,412 have died from Covid-19.