Bulgaria’s National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) said on December 19 that it has completed the sequencing of 367 samples taken from Covid-19 patients in the country, all of them showing the Delta variant.
The samples had been taken over a period of time ranging from November 2 to December 2 and came from 24 out of Bulgaria’s 28 districts.
As of December 6, nine patients in the NCIPD sample group had died, 44 were in hospital, 311 were undergoing home treatment and three had recovered.
NCIPD said that 51 cases it sequenced showed the Delta strain of the virus, collectively designated B.1.617.2 by the World Health Organisation.
The other cases were attributed to separate individual lineages of that variant, with the most numerous being AY.4 (66), AY.43 (60), AY.9.2 (40), AY.125 (27), AY.4.4 (24) and AY.122 (21). Twenty other subvariants accounted for the remaining 78 samples sequenced by NCIPD.
The largest number of samples came from the district of Bourgas (78), Varna (57), Plovdiv (50), Rousse (33) and the city of Sofia (32).
(Photo: Military Medical Academy)
For the rest of The Sofia Globe’s continuing coverage of the Covid-19 situation in Bulgaria, please click here.
The Sofia Globe’s coverage of the Covid-19 situation in Bulgaria is supported by the Embassies of Switzerland and Finland.
Please support independent journalism by clicking on the orange button below. For as little as three euro a month or the equivalent in other currencies, you can support The Sofia Globe via patreon.com and get access to exclusive subscriber-only content: