As of 16 March, 36 people in Belarus have tested positive for coronavirus, the press service of the Healthcare Ministry reports.
Five students of the Belarusian State University were diagnosed with COVID-19. At first, their preliminary tests showed a positive result. The second tests also showed virus RNA. However, none of them showed any symptoms of the disease.
Over the weekend, four more citizens of Belarus tested positive for coronavirus. They arrived from Munich, Amsterdam and Moscow. All of them were isolated upon arrival. The people who came in close contact with them were also hospitalized.
Thus, a total of 36 patients in Belarus have tested positive for coronavirus RNA. Three of them have already been discharged from hospital, another three will be discharged soon.
Eight have very mild symptoms of an infection, they receive the necessary treatment. The condition of one patient can be classified as moderate, he is responding well to treatment. The other coronavirus patients show no symptoms of a disease.
Within the past 24 hours, 950 samples were studied. Another 200 samples are currently under examination. Since February the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology has carried out over 16,000 tests for COVID-19.
As of 16 March, 128 foreign students are in the Zagorie rehabilitation center and 153 are in the Brigantina recreation center of the Belarusian State University. There is enough room in these centers to complete this type of restrictive measures.
Some 2,583 people are under medical surveillance now. None of them show any symptoms of an infection. Earlier, the Healthcare Ministry asked everyone who recently returned from abroad to refrain from attending public events, going to cinema and restaurants, visiting crowded places abd elderly relatives.