Belarus reported its first coronavirus-related death. Viktor Dashkevich, 75, who worked as an actor in a local theatre, died on 30 March in Vitebsk.
Viktor Dashkevich, the actor of the Yakub Kolas Theater and Honored Artist of the Republic of Belarus, is the first confirmed fatal victim of the coronavirus disease in Belarus. His daughter confirmed the fact of death.
The actor and his wife were diagnosed with pneumonia and were later sent to a tuberculosis clinic for hospitalization. However, it was overcrowded and the spouses were prescribed antibiotics before being discharged.
At home, the actor spiked a fever and the doctor on duty sent him to hospital. The couple were put in different wards in skin-venereologic clinic. There, tests for coronavirus came back negative.
On 24 March, the man’s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to Vitebsk Regional Clinical Specialized Center. On 26 March, a re-test showed a positive COVID-19 result. The same day Dashkevich’s wife was discharged, she is currently under 14-day quarantine.
Viktor Dashkevich was put in intensive care on the ventilator. According to the actor’s wife, the man didn’t travel abroad and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theatre canceled all performances until 18 April. No quarantine was introduced, the management explained the cancellation by an empty auditorium.
As of 31 March, 11 theater employees took sick leave. “Some of them have pneumonia, acute respiratory infections, respiratory viral infections – all have different diagnoses.”
The institution complies with all sanitary measures on infection prevention, the director of the drama theater assured: “We constantly keep in touch with epidemiologists, we comply with all their recommendations.”
On 30 March, the Ministry of Health of Belarus published the latest data on the spread of infection in the country: a total of 152 cases of coronavirus were recorded, 47 people recovered.
The country has already asked the IMF for a “quick” loan to combat the effects of the global crisis, including a pandemic.