As of 15 May, 27,730 people have been registered with COVID-19 in Belarus, the Healthcare Ministry Telegram channel reports. A daily increase is 958 new cases.
8,807 COVID-19 positive patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals, that is plus 639 people in the 24 hours. A total of 156 coronavirus patients have died since the outbreak.
As many as 308,156 coronavirus tests have been carried out in Belarus. Over the past 24 hours, a record number of 3,549 tests were carried out. There is another record, the number of positive tests is 7%, which is the lowest percentage since mid-April.
Earlier Deputy Healthcare Minister Elena Bogdan said that Belarus has reached a plateau on the coronavirus, since the infection is diagnosed in 8,7-9,7% of the conducted tests.
Director of the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS in Lithuania Saulius Čaplinskas believes that when the percentage of positive results per day is 3% or less, it indicates that the country is starting to cope with the epidemic.
Last week, Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik said that the incidence of COVID-19 in some areas of Minsk and Vitebsk regions is decreasing. Most patients have a mild form of disease, but 15–20% have pneumonia complications.
Chinese express tests for COVID-19 antibodies have already arrived at the country’s medical institutions. One of the latest forecasts projected the peak incidence on the twentieth of May, after which the epidemic is expected to decline.
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The Healthcare Ministry earlier reported its plans to conduct centralized studies in certain regions to determine the population section immune to COVID-19.
Irina Glinskaya, the deputy chief physician of Belarus’ National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, suggested that the country will achieve a steady reduction in the incidence rate in about a month or by the end of it.