14,027 Coronavirus Cases Are Confirmed In Belarus Since The Outbreak

As of 30 April, 14,027 people (7,9% of the total number of tests) have tested positive for COVID-19 in Belarus, the Healthcare Ministry reports.

As many as 2,386 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been released from hospitals. So far 176,625 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the country.

In the last 24 hours, the increase amounted to 846 new cases. This is less than in the last few days. There were 973 new cases on 19 April and 919 cases on 28 April.

Over the entire period of the spread of the coronavirus infection in the country, 89 patients have died, plus five death cases since yesterday.

Recall that every day Belarus detects more new cases per million people than in the neighbouring countries. The Healthcare Ministry considers the situation controllable and explains the increase by the number of tests performed.

The report of the WHO mission on the results of the visit to Belarus notes that the situation in the country is a matter of concern and requires the immediate implementation of a comprehensive mixed strategy.

Experts point out the need to strengthen community-wide measures of physical distancing at individual, community and national levels such as:

  • postponing or cancelling all mass gatherings including sporting, cultural and religious events;
  • ensuring further isolation and treatment of confirmed cases and quarantining of close contacts;
  • introducing options for teleworking, distance learning for schools, universities and other educational institutions, and suspending non-essential business;
  • ensuring strict implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures at workplaces where teleworking is not possible, including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing by observing 1–1,5 m distance between staff, limiting  the number of staff meetings and ensuring proper ventilation, particularly in health care facilities;
  • reducing non-essential movements, especially for high-risk groups.

Also, UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki called on the country’s authorities to introduce physical distance rules and cancel mass events as soon as possible. She also urged Belarusians to stay at home to stop the spread of infection.