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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2024, vol. 30, issue1
Subject Area: Medicine
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2024301.5444
Published online: 26 March 2024

Original article
J of IMAB. 2024 Jan-Mar;30(1):5444-5451
Galya GanchevaORCID logoCorresponding Autoremail, Ivaylo PakovORCID logo, Milena KarchevaORCID logo, Kalina TerzievaORCID logo,
Department of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University – Pleven, Bulgaria.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the capacity of health systems to continue the delivery of essential health services. While health systems were being challenged by increasing demand for care of COVID-19 patients, it was critical to maintain preventive and curative services, especially for vulnerable populations.
Materials and methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted on epidemiological and demographic characteristics of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Pleven region (March 2020 – March 29 2023). Data were obtained from annual reports of the National Statistical Institute and annual epidemiological analyses of Regional Health Inspectorate–Pleven and were analyzed using statistical software (IВМ SPSS Statistics 19.0).
Results: There were 36,308 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (medical workers – 2,176 confirmed cases), with 1,895 deaths. The cases during the years were 5,646 (2020), 16,258 (2021), 15,225 (2022). The incidence of COVID-19 in the region was 2,389; 6,964, and 6,668 at 100,000 populations in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively. The prevalence of the disease was 93%, 98% and 94% of all registered respiratory transmitted cases (p<0.0005). There were four waves with the highest incidence (November 2020, March 2021, October 2021, and January 2022, in concordance with registered for Bulgaria). The highest mortality of COVID-19 (15% of deaths) was registered during 2021 – 456 and 368 at 100,000 population for males and females, respectively (16% and 15% of deaths, respectively; 81% – at ages 65+).
Conclusion: The global implementation of different interventions had a significant impact on slowing down the community transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Health care and resources must be focused on the vulnerable populations.

Keywords: COVID-19, incidence, mortality,

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Please cite this article as: Gancheva G, Pakov I, Karcheva M, Terzieva K. The COVID-19 pandemic in the Pleven region for a three-year period (March 2020 – March 2023). 2024 Jan-Mar;30(1):5444-5451. [Crossref - 10.5272/jimab.2024301.5444]

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Galya Ivanova Gancheva, Department of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University – Pleven; 1, St. Kliment Ohridski Str., 5800, Pleven, Bulgaria; E-mail: galya_gancheva@abv.bg

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Received: 07 January 2024
Published online: 26 March 2024

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