SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria had 334 COVID-19 patients who died in one day on Tuesday, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic.
Bulgarian health authorities also reported 5,286 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. It has 8,516 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, of which 723 are in intensive care.
The Balkan country of 7 million remains the least vaccinated in the 27-country European Union, with less than a third of adults fully vaccinated.
Despite rising virus-related deaths, many Bulgarians remain skeptical about vaccines due to unfounded fears of potential health damage, superstitions or conspiracy theories. Many people also distrust official information.
In the run-up to the November 14 parliamentary and presidential elections in Bulgaria, authorities were widely hesitant to impose stricter measures to contain the spread of the virus.
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