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Daily COVID-19 deaths in Bulgaria rise to record high

A doctor treats patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pirogov Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, Oct. 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo

SOFIA, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – Bulgaria reported a record number of daily deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday as the European Union’s least vaccinated country grapples with a fourth wave of the pandemic, official data showed on Tuesday.

The new number of infections was 5,286, down from a peak in late October, while 334 people died from the virus, the highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic.

More than 8,500 people were hospitalized, including 734 in intensive care units, the data showed.

The Balkan country last month introduced a health pass for most indoor areas in an effort to contain the spread of the infection and speed up vaccinations in the country, where only 30% of adults have been fully vaccinated.

More than 250,000 people have taken at least one dose since the health pass became mandatory on Oct. 21, data shows.

Many Bulgarians remain skeptical about vaccines amid deep-seated mistrust of state institutions, misinformation and conflicting reports from politicians and experts ahead of a third parliamentary election this year on November 14.

Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Kim Coghill

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