As of 11 June, 51,816 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Belarus, the Healthcare Ministry reports. The daily increase is 750 of newly infected. This is a record low over the past month and a half.
26,643 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals (+976 in the 24 hours). 293 coronavirus patients (+5 in the 24 hours) have died since the outbreak. Belarus has performed 678,570 tests (+19,005 in the 24 hours).
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. In Belarus this indicator is 3,9%, (yesterday it was 5,2%) – the lowest since the outbreak.
Irina Glinskaya, the Deputy Chief Physician of Belarus’ National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, stressed that the heat wave will not lead to a sharp decrease in the incidence of coronavirus.
It is recommended that people still wear masks and even glasses to reduce the risk of catching the infection. Belarus has passed the middle of the epidemic on 15 May, when the number of cases reached 50% of the predicted total.
Meanwhile, the WHO has updated the recommendations for wearing protective masks:
- In areas with widespread transmission, the WHO advises medical masks for all people working in clinical areas of a health facility, not only workers dealing with patients with COVID-19.
- In areas with community transmission, the WHO now advises that members of the general public aged 60 and older and those with underlying conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
- The general public should wear non-medical masks where there is widespread transmission and when physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments.