V There is a clear trend towards a new increase in death rates in Bulgaria, which reached record levels last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is not yet clear to what extent the increase in deaths in 2020 is due to unreported cases of coronavirus infection or difficult access to hospital care amid the second wave of the pandemic.
Kantardzhiev doubted the number of new COVID-19 cases
The latest NSI data on death rates in Bulgaria in 2021 are for week 36 ending on 12 September. The total death toll is 2,572, 32% more than last year.
Also, this is the third consecutive week of increased deaths in the country and the ninth consecutive week that the death rate is higher than last year.
Officially registered COVID-19 deaths in hospitals in Bulgaria during the 36th week of the year are 407. 23 more than the previous seven days. At the same time, the total number of deaths in the country increased by 176 on a weekly basis.
Record number of people infected with COVID-19 in recent months
So far, however, it’s far lower than levels reached in late November and early December last year, when the nation’s death rate exceeded 4,700 deaths in one week, amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.