The number of COVID-19 cases in Belarus has totaled 56,000 after 812 new cases were reported by the Healthcare Ministry of Belarus on Tuesday, 9 June.
24,506 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals (+626 in the 24 hours). 282 coronavirus patients (+6 in the 24 hours) have died since the outbreak. Belarus has performed 644,160 tests (+11,167 in the 24 hours).
According to 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, as of 9 June, this indicator is 7,3%.
Belarus’ Deputy Healthcare Minister Elena Bogdan, earlier reported that the incidence of COVID-19 went down in Minsk, Minsk and Vitebsk regions. Brest region is at the maximum possible plateau for the region.
COVID-19 in Belarus: infected, recovered and deaths
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 infection. Belarusian scientists believe that the total number of cases in the country can reach 56,000 people.
The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases:
the average number over the past 7 days, new cases
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.