Call it a second wave, a new beginning, or "more to come". Whatever you want to name it, Covid-19 has returned in Europe. France has imposed curfews, Spain is suffering, and the Czech Republic has seen a huge growth in cases of a "largely eradicated" virus.
Bulgaria has not been spared. In the past month, Covid cases have begun to shoot up: Bulgaria has gone from around 900 a week in August, to 2000, 3000 and above in October. The reproduction number of the virus - the speed of its spread - has gone above 1, which means that infections will keep rising fast. The more worrying trend is the 50% growth in deaths in the first week of October.
Overall, specialists believe that this time around we have a better understanding of how to treat the symptoms: meaning people survive more. This should keep the politicians happy for some time. The last thing the Bulgarian prime minister wants now is more unrest because of Covid measures.
Yet as hospitalizations also creep up, at some point restrictions are inevitable. So brace yourself and your business: it might take a while before we come through this.