Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Delta variant found in 466 sequenced samples – NCIPD

Bulgaria‘s National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) announced that it has completed sequencing 467 samples from Covid-19 patients in the country, all but one of which are Delta variant.

The samples were taken from September 20th to October 7th and came from 23 of the 28 counties in Bulgaria. This included a sample taken from a foreigner, although NCIPD did not make it clear whether the person tested was a permanent resident, tourist, or passing through.

By October 13, 14 patients who were shown by sequencing to have the Delta variant had died, 68 were hospitalized, 300 were being treated at home, and 85 had recovered.

One sample showed the alpha variant of the virus and the patient had recovered according to the NCIPD data. This was the first time there was an alpha variant case recognized in Bulgaria in a month.

NCIPD said 232 cases sequenced together showed the Delta strain of the virus intended B.1.617.2 from the World Health Organization.

The other cases were assigned to separate individual lineages of this variant as follows: AY.4 (123), AY.9 (86), AY.5 (nine), AY.4.1 (six), AY.21 (three), two each AY.13, AY.26 and AY.34 as well as a case AY.38.

Most of the samples came from the city of Sofia (103), followed by the districts of Burgas (85), Plovdiv (49) and Stara Zagora (42).

One of the foreigner’s samples was taken in the Varna district.

(Photo: Military Medical Academy)

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