As of 21 May, 33,371 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Belarus. That is daily increase of new cases is 918, the Healthcare Ministry reports. A trend of registering over 900 cases a day continues for over two weeks now.
Meanwhile, 12,057 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 recovered and were discharged from hospitals, plus 642 people in the 24 hours. Six people died overnight taking the country’s death toll to 185.
As many as 403,236 tests have been carried out in the country, that is 15,563 tests since yesterday. The percentage of positive results from the number of new tests is 6%. Yesterday the rate was 7,3% and the day before yesterday it was 8,7%
According to Lithuanian professor Saulius Čaplinskas, the country is starting to cope with the epidemic, when the percentage of positive test results per day is 3% or less.
Projections and trends
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 infection.
One of the latest forecasts has projected the peak incidence on the 20th of May, after which the epidemic is expected to decline.
During his trip to Vitebsk on 19 May, Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik reported that there is a decrease in the number of pneumonia cases. There were over 200 pneumonia cases per day at the peak of the outbreak, now it is up to 20-30 cases in Vitebsk.
The WHO experts pointed out the need to strengthen community-wide measures of physical distancing at individual, community and national levels in Belarus in fight with the COVID-19.
At the 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly WHO, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the majority of the world’s population remains susceptible to this virus.
“Even in the worst-affected regions, the proportion of the population with the tell-tale antibodies is no more than 20 percent, and in most places, less than 10 percent,” he said.