The World Health Organization called on Belarus to introduce new measures on social distance, in particular, to cancel sporting events. Belarus remains the only country in Europe where the football championship continues.
Belarus needs to prepare for the worst-case scenario for the development of the coronavirus epidemic. As reported TUT.by, Patrick O’Connor, the head of the World Health Organization mission, said this following a visit to Belarus.
According to O’Connor, a new phase of the outbreak is now in Belarus – cases of transmission at the community level. In this regard, he called for measures to physically distance people, conduct proper testing and isolate people who came into contact with the sick.
The WHO representative also called for abandoning all sporting and cultural events (Belarus remains the only country in Europe where the football championship continues), transfer all educational institutions to distance work and reduce optional movements for high-risk groups.
“Belarus is entering difficult times, in connection with the new growth dynamics, it is necessary to abandon the holding of mass events. Time to prepare for the worst-case scenarios is a long-distance race,” said O’Connor.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the beginning of the epidemic was skeptical about the seriousness of the threat. In particular, he called the measures that foreign countries are taking to combat coronavirus, “coronapsychosis.” Subsequently, he changed his mind. When he spoke about the first person registered in the country to die from coronavirus, he was indignant: “Tomorrow will be 80 years old, what are you walking down this street?”
According to the data of Johns Hopkins University of America, on April 11, in Belarus, 2226 cases of coronavirus infection were registered, 23 people died, 172 recovered.