Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Delta variant found in all 179 samples sequenced – NCIPD

Bulgaria‘s National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) announced that it has completed sequencing 179 samples from Covid-19 patients in the country, all of which have the Delta variant.

This was the lowest number of sequenced samples reported by the NCIPD since mid-August. Most recently, the center had the results of the 362 sequenced samples on Octoder 3rd, 457 samples on September 26 and 552 samples on 09/19

The 179 samples were taken over a period of September 6-23 and came from 20 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 September 29, nine patients who were shown by sequencing to have the Delta variant had died, 40 were hospitalized, 115 were being treated at home, and 15 had recovered.

NCIPD said 90 cases sequenced together showed the Delta strain of the virus intended B.1.617.2 by the World Health Organization, with the other cases being assigned to individual lineages as follows: AY.4 (48), AY.9 (32), AY.5 (six), AY.4.1 (two) and AY. 38 (one).

Most of the samples came from the city of Sofia (33), the districts of Rousse (26), Turgovishte (20), Plovdiv (16), Blagoevgrad (16) and Pleven (14).

The sample of the foreigner came from the Varna district.

(Photo: Military Medical Academy)

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