Official coronavirus data: Over 4,700 infected, 42 dead in Belarus

On Friday morning, the Health Ministry has reported the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Belarus.

“4,779 persons having the coronavirus infection have been registered; 342 patients [who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19] have already recovered and discharged. 42 coronavirus patients have died; they had chronic illnesses,” the ministry says on Telegram.

More than 86,000 tests for detecting the novel coronavirus have been conducted in Belarus, the statement reads.

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With every passing day, the number of COVID-19 patients is growing at an increased pace. In the past 24 hours, 575 new cases have been confirmed in Belarus; 2 persons have passed away.

At the same time, imposing quarantine measures does not seem to be on the government’s agenda as yet. Today President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has demanded Belarusian pupils go back to schools stating that the outbreak of ‘acute respiratory viral infections is over’. The spring school holidays were extended twice amid the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

On April 13, Deputy Health Minister Alena Bohdan said in an interview to that people having a mild form of COVID-19 might be allowed to recover at their homes.

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