WHO: Belarus Among 5 Countries With Highest Number Of COVID-19 Cases

Belarus is among the five European countries reporting the highest cumulative numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has reported.

According to the WHO official, Russia, the UK, Turkey, Belarus, and Italy have the highest cumulative numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks. Spain, Italy, the UK and France continue to account for 72% of all COVID-19 deaths in the region.

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Giving a brief overview of the situation, Dr. Kluge stated that there have been over two million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 175,000 people have died across the 53 countries, where 900 million people live.

Also, he noted that “94% of all COVID-19 deaths were in persons aged 60 years and above, and 59% of all those who died were men. 97% of all deaths were among those with at least one underlying condition, with cardiovascular disease the leading comorbidity.”

The agency recalls that over the past 14 days cumulative cases in the European region have increased 15% and the region still accounts for 38% of cases and 50% of deaths globally. Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge explained the position of the organisation:

“Let us remember, we are not measuring lives against livelihoods, nor health against wealth. This is not an “either/ or”: There is no economy without people. There can be no economic recovery without COVID-19 transmission under control.

Learning from the past, looking to the future, I have 3 messages today. We must recognize:

  1. Controlling the virus and economic recovery go hand-in-hand.
  2. COVID-19 impacts all, but some more than others – we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.
  3. We can build back better – a different economy that is more equal and inclusive.”

Meanwhile, 40,764 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Belarus as of 29 May. A total of 17,390 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals, 224 patients died.

Belarus has entered the top 10 countries by the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people and the top 25 countries by the total number of people infected since the outbreak.