It’s been almost two years since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Two long and hard years, filled with a lot of despair and hardship for countless of people, disruptions of daily lives and travel, and dire problems within the economic sectors of most countries.
With the arrival of the latest major COVID-19 variant, Omicron, and due to a robust vaccination campaign, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic things are looking up.
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Case numbers are starting to drop in some countries, and they are still soaring in other countries, but in general hospitalization rate and death rate have fallen drastically.
This has prompted a wave of changes in measures in an increasing number of countries. Denmark was the first European country to lift its COVID-19 restrictions, which has been followed by Norway, Sweden, Finland, the UK, and Belgium. Israel was also among the first to lift COVID-19 restrictions. Some Canadian provinces and US states have also started to lift previously imposed measures.
This move has been quite controversial, as some experts warn that it is too early to undertake such measures. However, this is a major step towards the return of normal pre-pandemic life.
In Bulgaria, restrictions will be lifted when the occupancy rate of beds in intensive care falls below 5%.