Belarus: No decline in coronavirus infection rate

The Belarusian Health Ministry has updated information on the coronavirus situation in the country.

To date, Belarusian health professionals have registered 27,730 persons infected with the novel coronavirus. In the past 24 hours, 958 new cases have been confirmed.

8,807 patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered (+639). By the moment, nearly 322,000 tests for detecting the virus have been conducted in Belarus.

“For the entire period of the spread of the infection in the country, 156 patients who were previously tested positive for the coronavirus have died; they had chronic and co-existing illnesses,” the statement reads.

On May 14, the Belarusian authorities reported 151 coronavirus deaths in the republic; thus, another five persons have passed away within the last day.

‘Brave decision’: WHO rep thanks post-Soviet leaders for cancelling Victory parades

Over the past week, COVID-19 infection rate has not dropped: 900-950 new cases have been recorded daily.

As reported earlier, Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka decided against cancelling a Victory parade in Minsk although the WHO and other experts had warned that organising mass events in a current epidemiological situation might result in its deterioration. On May 9, the event was attended by about 15,000 spectators. Following the celebration, Lukashenka claimed that Belarus recorded a decline in ‘pneumonia’.

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