As of 5 June, 46,868 COVID-19 cases have been registered in Belarus (+887 in the past 24 hours), the Healthcare Ministry reports. This is the third day in a row the number of new infections is less than the number of recovered.
22,066 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals (+904 in the 24 hours). 259 coronavirus patients (+6 in the 24 hours) have died since the outbreak. Belarus has performed 597,013 tests (+11,366 in the 24 hours).
Thus, 7,4% of all the tests showed positive results for COVID-19 (on 4 May it was 7,6%, on 3 May the indicator was 8%, on 2 May it was 8,9%). Lithuanian professor Saulius Čaplinskas believes that the country is starting to cope with the epidemic, when the percentage of positive test results is 3% per day or less.
The Healthcare Ministry doesn’t report the number of patients who recieve in-hospital or outpatient treatment, as well as how many of them are put on ventilator. Besides, there’s no information on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by regions available.
COVID-19 in Belarus: infected, recovered and deaths
Gomel region has reportedly reached a plateau, and the peak incidence rate is registered in Brest, where the epidemiological situation on COVID-19 is tense. More than 100 citizens are hospitalized with pneumonia daily. A decrease in the incidence rate to 100 new cases per day is expected to start on 20 July.
Local health authorities expect steady reduction in COVID-19 cases in late May-early June. Belarusian scientists believe that the total number of cases in the country can reach 56,000 people. Belarus has passed the middle of the epidemic on 15 May, when the number of cases reached 50% of the predicted total.
The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases:
the average number over the past 7 days, new cases
Since 21 May, the rules for providing medical care to COVID-19 patients have changed. According to the ministry’s new order, patients with a mild and asymptomatic form of the desease will have their sick leave ended 21 days after contact with a sick person (without a negative test result).
The WHO recommends Belarus to postpone or cancael all mass events, introduce options for remote work and distance learning, suspend activities of all nonessential organizations, enterprises and economic entities, etc.
The second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is inevitable, and the virus will with us until a safe vaccine and treatment methods are available, says WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Kluge.