COVID-19 In Belarus: 30,572 Cases Since The Outbreak, +936 New Ones

As of 19 May, 31,508 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Belarus. Thus, a daily increase is 936 new cases, the Healthcare Ministry reports.

So far, 10,620 coronavirus patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals, plus 490 people in the past 24 hours. Four people died overnight taking the country’s death toll to 175.

As many as 375,076 tests have been carried out in the country, that is 10,757 tests since yesterday. The percentage of positive results from the number of new tests is 8,7%.

According to Lithuanian professor Saulius Čaplinskas, the country is starting to cope with the epidemic, when the percentage of positive test results per day is 3% or less.

Projections and trends

Recall that the projected trend of a 300-400 cases daily increase and the peak incidence in early May have proved wrong. On 14 May, Infection Deputy Healthcare Minister Yelena Bogdan said that Belarus has reached a plateau on the infection.

One of the latest forecasts has projected the peak incidence on the 20th of May, after which the epidemic is expected to decline. The WHO experts pointed out the need to strengthen community-wide measures of physical distancing at individual, community and national levels in Belarus.

Speaking at the 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly WHO, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that  the majority of the world’s population remains susceptible to this virus.

“Even in the worst-affected regions, the proportion of the population with the tell-tale antibodies is no more than 20 percent, and in most places, less than 10 percent,” he said.