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Todor Kantardzhiev: Indoor food and drink establishments hold highest risk of coronavirus

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“The places where the coronavirus risk is highest are the indoor food and beverage establishments, public transport vehicles come in 7th or 8th place,” Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev, Director of the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases said for Nova TV.  

In his words “things in Bulgaria no longer look good” because of lack of control and incompetent communication. Prof. Kantardzhiev stated further that he isn’t seeing any enthusiasm among GPs to introduce rapid Covid-19 tests in their surgeries.

“When we were studying medicine we didn’t know we might have to risk our own health in order to preserve the health of the public, but some colleagues seem to have forgotten that. Society allowed medicine to become a business without blinking an eye,” Prof. Kantardzhiev said. 

In an interview for the BNR’s Horizont channel, Ptof. Kantardzhiev stated: "If, in September when the spread of coronavirus was at its lowest in Europe measures had been taken for mask-wearing indoors, maybe things wouldn’t have been so drastic,” and added that the spike in Covid-19 is due to the non-compliance with the anti-epidemic measures, but also to the colder weather and the moist air.

“The aim now is to reduce the share of severe cases as well as the total of number of infections, so that the healthcare system can withstand the pressure,” he stressed. “I am expecting a spike next week.”

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