Bulgaria to set up medical council to assist crisis staff against Covid-19

A medical council is to be set up in Bulgaria to work with the national crisis staff against Covid-19, it emerged after a meeting on March 22 between Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and Professor Kosta Kostov, a consultant in pulmonology.

The idea is that the medical council will monitor medical best practices in Europe and the world.

The council will inform the public twice a week of any issues of interest to the public and will help curb the infection. It will give briefings twice a week.

Crisis staff chief Major-General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski told a briefing at 9.30am on March 22 that the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bulgaria had risen to 171. All eight new cases were in Sofia.

A statement on the website of the Health Ministry on Mutafchiyski’s briefing said that the largest number of cases were people aged between 40 and 49, making up 29 per cent of the cases in Bulgaria confirmed by laboratory tests.

Seven per cent were in people younger than 29, sixteen per cent were in the 20-29 age group, 15 per cent in the 30-39 age group, 16 per cent in the 50-29 age group. In all, 83 per cent of the 171 cases were younger than 60 and 17 per cent people over the age of 60.

“This shows that young people do get ill, they carry the new coronavirus, but they are less likely to have the disease,” Mutafchiyski said.

In other developments related to the Covid-19 global pandemic, Russian airline Aeroflot has announced that its flights between Moscow and Sofia that had been scheduled between March 27 and April 17 are cancelled.

According to Sofia Airport’s website (which has flight information in English), a total of 38 flights that had been due to arrive and 34 flights that had been due to depart on March 23 have been cancelled.

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