As of 18 May, 30,572 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Belarus, the Healthcare Ministry Telegram channel reports.
To date, a total of 30,572 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Belarus, with 10,130 patients having recovered from the virus. Belarus’s latest data indicates 171 fatalities nationwide. Belarus has performed 364,319 tests, that is 13,804 tests in the past 24 hours.
Recall that the projected trend of a 300-400 cases daily increase and the peak incidence in early May have proved wrong. On 14 May, Infection Deputy Healthcare Minister Yelena Bogdan said that Belarus has reached a plateau on the coronavirus infection.
In an interview with TUT.BY, Director of the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS in Lithuania Saulius Čaplinskas said that when the percentage of positive test results per day is 3% or less, it indicates that the country is starting to cope with the epidemic.
COVID-19 in Belarus: infected, recovered and deaths
As of 18 May, the coronavirus infection is diagnosed in 6,7% of the total number of conducted tests in Belarus. Thus, the country hasn’t passed the peak of infections yet. The WHO recommendations in fight with the COVID-19 are the following:
- postponing or cancelling all mass gatherings of people including sporting, cultural and religious events;
- ensuring further isolation and treatment of confirmed cases and quarantining of close contacts;
- introducing options for teleworking, distance learning for schools, universities and other educational institutions, and suspending non-essential business;
- ensuring strict implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures at workplaces where teleworking is not possible, including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing by observing 1–1.5 m distance between staff, limiting the number of staff meetings and ensuring proper ventilation, particularly in health care facilities;
- reducing non-essential movements, especially for high-risk groups.
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