As of 23 July, 66,688 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Belarus. The number of new infections per day is 167, the Healthcare Ministry reports.
59,439 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals (+378 patients in the 24 hours), 519 coronavirus patients have died (+6 in the 24 hours). That is 6,730 people are currently infected with COVID-19 at the moment.
Belarus has conducted 1,219,705 tests since the outbreak (+7,186 in the 24 hours). The percentage of positive test results is 1,6. Earlier Lithuanian professor Saulius Čaplinskas stated that the country is starting to cope with the epidemic, when the percentage of positive test results is 3% per day or less.
Citing the Healthcare Ministry, Head of the CEC Lidia Yermoshina said that about 41,000 Belarusians are contacts of the first level, or are infected with COVID-19 and are under quarantine – not taking into account those who are currently in hospitals.
COVID-19 in Belarus: infected, recovered and deaths
According to official statistics published by the ministry, there are currently less than 8,000 infected. The Healthcare Ministry doesn’t exclude the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases:
the average number over the past 7 days, new cases
However, Healthcare Minsiter Vladimir Karanik hopes that the experience gained will make the health system more prepared for the new wave. According to experts, the second wave in Belarus may begin in September.
Meanwhile, Belarusian scientists have created a working group to develop a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus.
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