BULGARIA — Nicola Bulgaria is bracing for the arrival of the coronaviruses pandemic in her country.
Bulgarian officials on Thursday released a forecast showing a sharp increase in coronaviral infections in the coming weeks, but that was not the only new concern that the country faces.
“We are looking at a high number of new cases,” Bulgario said in an interview with the news agency ANA.
“And we are also dealing with a high mortality rate in our hospitals, where we have a very high number (of deaths).”
We need to prepare for the coming days, weeks, months,” he added.
The forecast also warns of a sharp rise in deaths and serious illnesses in the country, which has the second-highest number of coronavirems in the world.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it expected the virus to be detected in the central region of the country by the end of the month.
Bulgaria’s health minister said that as a precautionary measure, the country’s hospitals will be closed, and that all the people in the city of Leningrad will be quarantined.
Bulgarian health officials on Wednesday announced that the number of cases of the virus had risen to 2,917, while deaths rose to 5,621.