A possible second wave of the coronavirus infection in Belarus is expected in November-December. Deputy Healthcare Minister Elena Bogdan said this to voters on 30 July in the Brest region. Bogdan is the confidant of presidential candidate Alexander Lukashenko.
“According to calculations, we expect a possible second wave of the coronavirus infection in November-December,” the deputy minister said. She also noted that cases of coronavirus are still registered and the healthcare system is preparing for the second wave.
According to the official, personal protective equipment (such as FP3 respirators and gloves from Malaysia) and medications are restocked.
“We have no problems with localy produced medicines: we have antibiotics, simple heparins (anticoagulant medications –BelarusFeed note), anesthesia drugs, antipyretics, supplies of an anti-influenza drug, despite the fact that it does not treat coronavirus.”
Besides, Belarus has a sufficient supply of anti-malaria drugs, hydroxychloroquine, and there are also low-molecular-weight heparins, which were purchased despite the fact that pharmaceutical companies set a higher price. However, the issue of the antiviral drug Remdesivir has not yet been resolved.
Bogdan explained that clinical protocols for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 will not be changed yet. Besides, hospitals are reconstructed for treating coronavirus patients. For instance, additional oxygen points were created and a single electronic disease monitoring system with remote access is to be installed.
“Another task is to prepare not only for the second wave, but also to prevent the circulation of the seasonal influenza virus. Our task is to vaccinate the population against influenza in September-October,” said Elena Bogdan.
As of 31 July, there are 67,808 COVID-19 cases registered in Belarus, the Healthcare Ministry reports. 62,444 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals, 559 coronavirus patients have died since the outbreak.