As of 9 July, 64,411 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Belarus. The number of new infections account for 187, the Healthcare Ministry reports. This is the lowest daily increase since 7 April, when it was 161 cases.
53,609 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals (+755 patients in the 24 hours), 449 coronavirus patients have died (+6 in the 24 hours). Belarus has conducted 1,099,571 tests since the outbreak (+12,326 in the 24 hours).
That is thee percentage of positive test results is about 1,5%. 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.
Last week hospitals redesigned to treat patients with COVID-19 returned to normal mode. On 7 July, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko also commented on the epidemiological situation in Minsk as he met with top officials and executives of the city.
“I have just talked to Natalya Kochanova (the chairperson of the Council of the Republic – BelarusFeed note) to see what the situation was this morning. I can say that we have coped with this challenge,” he said.
Earlier, Batyr Berdyklychev, the WHO representative in Belarus, noted that Belarus is still at the stage of local transmission of the virus, which is is a rather serious situation.
Meanwhile, the Healthcare Ministry officials don’t exclude the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 in the country. However, Healthcare Minsiter Vladimir Karanik hopes that the experience gained will make the health system more prepared for the new wave.