Cases of coronavirus rise to 94 in Belarus

Belarus had 94 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as of Friday morning, Deputy Health Minister Aliena Bohdan told reporters in Minsk.

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According to Ms. Bohdan, 32 of the 94 patients have been recovered from the coronavirus and have already been discharged or are about to be discharged from the hospital. Sixty-two more are in quarantine under medical supervision.

About 24,000 coronavirus tests have already been carried out in Belarus, Ms. Bohdan said.

On March 25, the country had 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The virus situation in the country is currently under control, Ms. Bohdan stressed.

There has been no surge in ambulance calls for acute respiratory diseases, and there has been no overcrowding in hospitals, she noted.   

 “As of yesterday, there were 2,221 available hospital beds for COVID-19 patients,” she said.

According to Ms. Bohdan, the health ministry does not update the media on the number of confirmed coronavirus cases every day because “nothing extraordinary is happening.”

When asked when the spread of the coronavirus might reach its peak in Belarus, she said that the public health institutions were doing their utmost to prevent an explosion of cases.

The health ministry is as open and accountable as it can be with regard to information about the spread of the coronavirus in the country, Ms. Bohdan noted. “We hide nothing,” she said.