Time to prepare for the worst scenarios

The world health organization (who) has called on the Belarusian authorities to strengthen the measures for social distancing in the face of new dynamics of the coronavirus. This was stated by the head of the expert mission of the who Patrick O'Connor, passes Tut.by.

“the Time to prepare for the worst scenarios, this race for the long haul”, he said.

According to who experts, the government needs to ban mass events, to ensure the quarantine of people infected with coronavirus, and also for contacts of the first and second levels, as the country “comes into hard times.”

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O'Connor stressed that such comprehensive measures on the national level will help to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“we Need a comprehensive approach to curb the spread of the virus — the physical distancing of people, proper testing, isolation, contact with sick people”, — said the head of the who mission, adding that it is critical that the Ministry of health constantly informed the public about the situation and about the measures taken.

On 9 April, the who recommended that the authorities of Belarus to introduce more stringent measures to combat the coronavirus, until the introduction of the quarantine. In late March, the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko has acknowledged the existence of outbreaks of infectious diseases, but refused to impose restrictions.

According to the latest data, in Belarus, the coronavirus has infected 2226 people, 23 died, and 172 were recovered. Total number infected with virus SARS-CoV-2 in the world exceeded 1.7 million, 103 thousand died, and 378 thousand have recovered.