On Tuesday, the Belarusian Health Ministry updated information on the coronavirus situation in the country.
Since late February, Belarusian health professionals have registered 138,219 persons infected with the novel coronavirus; 1,572 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, 8 COVID-19 deaths have been reported.
“For the entire period of the spread of the infection in the country, 1,166 patients who were previously tested positive for the coronavirus have died; they had chronic and co-existing illnesses,” the statement reads.
115,587 patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have already recovered. By the moment, 3,279,137 tests for detecting the virus have been conducted in Belarus.
As reported earlier, even on the back of the increasing infection rate, the Belarusian authorities did not introduce any quarantine measures in the spring of 2020. Alyaksandr Lukashenka claimed that imposing a nationwide lockdown would not improve the situation in Belarus. In his opinion, such steps might deal a crippling blow to the daily life of the nation. Although the Belarusian leader admitted that the recommendations by the WHO should be studied in detail, he stressed the country would run its own course.