According to the report by the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD), all 28 districts in Bulgaria are classified as “green zones” in terms of Covid-19 infection rates for the 14-day period up to July 18.
However, the division of the districts has changed.
To be a green zone, a district would have previously had to have an infection rate of 20 or less per 100,000 inhabitants.
The NCIPD report states that under the Ministry of Health’s national plan to deal with Covid-19 – which was approved by the cabinet of janitors last week – a district will be classified as a green zone if the infection rate is below 100 per 100,000 residents.
The new thresholds are that a district is classified as orange when the infection rate is 100 to 249.9 per 100,000 population, red when the rate is 250 to 499.9 per 100,000 population, and dark red when the rate is 500 or more per 100,000 population.
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The report, published on July 20, said the infection rate was highest in the Sofia district (as opposed to the city) at 22 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The rates were lowest in Kyustendil and Kurdzhali districts, three per 100,000 inhabitants each.
According to the NCIPD, the infection rate in the city of Sofia was 19 per 100,000 inhabitants, in the Plovdiv district 10, in the Varna district 16, in the Burgas district 19 and in the Rousse district five per 100,000 inhabitants.
The situation shown in the most recent report contrasts with the seven consecutive weeks that ended in early May 2021, when every district in Bulgaria was a Covid-19 red zone – which at the time meant an infection rate of 120 or more out of 100,000 residents.
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