As of 22 May, 34,371 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Belarus. That is daily increase of new cases is 932, the Healthcare Ministry reports. More than 900 news infection cases per day have been registered for three weeks now.
Five COVID-19 patients died overnight taking the country’s death toll to 190. In total, 12,833 people recovered and were discharged from hospitals (plus 776 in the past 24 hours).
As many as 419,004 tests have been carried out in the country (15,768 tests since yesterday). The percentage of positive results from the number of new tests is 5,9%. On 21 May, the rate was 7,3% and the day before yesterday it was 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 reality
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. However, as it turned out, there was no peak in the incidence of coronavirus infections in Belarus and never will be.
COVID-19 in Belarus: infected, recovered and deaths
It was predicted that there will be a gradual decrease in the number of cases following the plateau. According to Deputy Chief Physician of Belarus’ National Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health Irina Glinskaya, a steady reduction in COVID-19 cases is expected late May-early June.
The WHO experts pointed out the need to strengthen community-wide measures of physical distancing at individual, community and national levels in Belarus and gave a list of recommendations to follow in the fight with the COVID-19.