The highest incidence of influenza is in the Sofia region, in the Gabrovo and Blagoevgrad regions.

Prof. Iva Hristova, director of the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCCPD), said this at a briefing.

According to her, no flu epidemic is expected to be declared for the city of Sofia this week, as the flu incidence rates are below the average for the country.

In Sofia, the morbidity rate increases by 30-40 percent every week compared to the previous one.

At the moment, the average morbidity in the country is 197 per 10,000 people and more than half of the districts are above the national average.

In the Gabrovo region, the incidence of influenza is 540 per 10,000, Prof. Hristova pointed out.

Despite the announced flu epidemic in Gabrovo, the level of morbidity is increasing, the situation is similar in the Sofia region.

The situation is worsening in the Blagoevgrad district, where no flu epidemic has yet been declared.

According to her, the situation in the Pazardzhik and Plovdiv regions remains dire, and the situation is worsening in the Vratsa region.

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"In Eastern Bulgaria, the incidence of influenza is decreasing, in Central Bulgaria it is raging with full force, gradually affecting various areas in Western Bulgaria," commented the director of the National Center for Influenza.

The age groups for which there is the highest risk of contracting the flu are 0-5 years and 5-15 years.

According to Prof. Hristova, the peak of the spread of flu will be in the coming one or two weeks, after which the number of sick people will begin to decrease.

The incidence of COVID-19 is at the lowest levels we have had and continues to fall, Prof. Hristova added.

In response to a question about whether it is possible to cancel the quarantine, Prof. Hristova recalled that legal changes are needed for this purpose, as well as for the world to drop the term "pandemic from COVID".

According to her, the possibility of reducing the quarantine period for sick and contact patients with COVID could be discussed, BTA reported.

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