The growth rate of new cases of coronavirus in Belarus is one of the highest in the WHO European Region; the organization calls for immediate action to strengthen measures of physical distance. Batyr Berdyklychev, the representative of the WHO in Belarus, stated this in an interview with TUT.BY.
“According to data provided by the Ministry of Health, the country has seen a steady increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 over the past 4.5 weeks. At the same time, the growth rate of new cases in Belarus is one of the highest in the WHO European Region,” he said.
According to Berdyklychev, the development of the epidemic is largely dependent on the response being undertaken nationwide. The epidemic in Belarus has entered the phase of local transmission of infection among the population, which requires immediate action to strengthen measures of physical distance.
“If the current situation persists, we will most likely be forced to observe a further increase in new cases,” the WHO representative said.
According to him, even taking into account the possibilities of laboratory diagnostics of countries, Belarus has a rather high indicator in the number of cases per 1 million population.
Over the past day, the increase in new cases of coronavirus in this country amounted to 846 cases. This is somewhat less than in the previous days. On April 29, there were 973 new cases, on April 28 - 919.
As of May 1, Belarusian doctors registered 14,917 people with COVID-19 positive test results.
As we reported before, at least 23 people, including 13 disabled children, were infected with the coronavirus in the orphanage of the Belarusian city of Glusk.