As of 1 June, 43,403 COVID-19 cases have been registered in Belarus (+847 in the past 24 hours), the Healthcare Ministry reports. This is the smallest increase since 5 May: then there were 861 new cases per day, on 4 May – 784.
So far, 18,776 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals (+262 in the 24 hours). 240 coronavirus patients (+5 in the 24 hours) have died since the outbreak in the country. Belarus has performed 553,377 tests (12,284 in the 24 hours).
Thus, 6,9% of all the tests showed positive results for coronavirus. Lithuanian professor Saulius Čaplinskas believes that the country is starting to cope with the epidemic, when the percentage of positive test results per day is 3% or less.
Belarus is one of the five countries in Europe with the largest cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases registered in the last 14 days. It is also in the top 10 countries by the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people.
COVID-19 in Belarus: infected, recovered and deaths
There was no peak in the incidence of coronavirus infections in Belarus and never will be: after reaching the plateau a gradual decrease in the number of cases is expected. Local health authorities expect the steady reduction in COVID-19 cases in late May-early June.
The WHO experts point out the need to strengthen measures of physical distancing at individual, community and national levels in Belarus and gave a list of recommendations. Despite Belarus has reportedly reached a plateau, the recommendations of the Healthcare Ministry remain the same.
The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases:
the average number over the past 7 days, new cases
According to Belarusian scientists, the total number of cases in Belarus can reach 56 thousand people. The country passed the middle of the epidemic on 15 May, when the number of cases reached 50% of the predicted total. A decrease in the incidence rate to 100 new cases per day may start on 20 July.