LBulgaria announced on Saturday that it was on the verge of sending Covit-19 patients overseas, prompting neighboring Romania to step up its controls as a fourth wave engulfed its hospital system.
Health Minister Stojko Katsarov warned on the Nova TV channel that “big problems” would occur if the pollution curve was not reduced within 10 to 15 days.
“Our capacity in terms of manpower and ventilators is almost exhausted and we will have to seek help abroad,” he warned. “If we want to get to that, we are in talks with the EU to transfer patients to other countries.”
Control is not excluded
The minister also said that a new prison was not excluded.
Experts estimate that in this country of 6, 9 million people, the current wave will cause 5,000 to 9,000 pollution a day in two weeks, despite the establishment of health passes in places such as restaurants and shopping centers.
Bulgaria and Romania have the lowest vaccination rates in the EU, which has been hampered by the spread of conspiracy theories and public distrust of the authorities.
Only 24% of Bulgarians and 33% of Romans have completed the full vaccination course.
Romania, a country of 19 million people, reported 1.5 million cases and 15,000 new infections were identified on Saturday.
The government has been strengthening measures to combat the epidemic by enforcing masks across the country from Monday and banning events such as weddings for 30 days.
At the same time, sports halls, shopping centers and restaurants need a health pass and those who are not vaccinated must respect the curfew order at 10pm.
A number of measures in the form of vaccine acceleration have recently been observed in both countries.
The Romanian government announced on Friday that 130,000 people had gone to the vaccination center in the past 24 hours, of which 86,000 had received the first injection.
Bulgarian vaccine centers have also reported an increase in attendance since the Health Pass, announced on Thursday, came into effect, with three times more people being vaccinated on Friday compared to the previous week.
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