UN rep about COVID-19 in Belarus: Time for urgent physical distancing measures

Belarus is now experiencing a larger COVID-19 outbreak, UN Resident Coordinator Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki said in Tuesday’s statement.

On April 26, the Health Ministry confirmed over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 infections in Belarus, the official recalled.

“This number is going up exponentially – remember, on 26 March it was only 86 cases,” she stressed.

According to the UN representative, it is time for urgent and comprehensive implementation of physical distancing measures.

Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki recalls that the World Health Organisation recommends physical distancing and postponing all large gatherings of people; introducing options for telework, distance learning and suspending the operation of all non-essential workplaces, businesses and economic enterprises: and reducing non-essential movements, especially for high risk groups and vulnerable patients.

“For all of us the picture is clear – COVID-19 attacks countries and people as a ruthless killer. Even if you are young and strong, you can die from it. You may not know you have it, yet still you are spreading the infection,” she stressed.

The UN coordinator urged Belarusians to stay home in order to stop COVID-19.

“This will help the medics, businesses and essential workers to do their job and tackle the crisis,” she added.

As of April 29, the number of the people who contracted the coronavirus infection has surged to 13,181, which is 7.8% of the tests taken.

WHO recommends Belarus take more severe measures to prevent COVID-19 spread
2020.04.21 14:01