Corona virus and healthcare in Bulgaria

Healthcare in Bulgaria

Healthcare in Bulgaria is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Bulgaria is 71.5 years for men and 78.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 2.4 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Bulgaria

Currently: 12.5 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
The inhabitants of Bulgaria are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By October 20th, 2020, 30527 infected persons and 1008 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 8th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on October 20th with 1,024 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in Bulgaria
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in Bulgaria

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Bulgaria results in a mortality rate of 3.3%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 23,259 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in Bulgaria a new mortality rate of 4.3%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Tue 20th1,024+3.5%22+2.2%
Mon 19th395+1.4%18+1.9%
Sun 18th603+2.1%10+1.0%
Sat 17th998+3.6%14+1.5%
Fri 16th914+3.4%15+1.6%
Thu 15th819+3.2%6+0.7%
Wed 14th785+3.1%8+0.9%
Tue 13th587+2.4%23+2.6%
Mon 12th531+2.2%5+0.6%
Sun 11th0+0.0%0+0.0%

Weight and size

Body height178 cm165 cm
Weight86.2 kg70.5 kg


BulgariaØ worldwide
Diabetes *6.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.01%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

BulgariaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
DTP *9.20%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In Bulgaria, 37.0% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
10 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Bulgaria is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 6.8 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 27,800 physicians in Bulgaria, there are about 3.99 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 24 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

About 97 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells at a distance of no more than 30 minutes or supplied water, 99% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).