11:41 PoliticsChina, Belarus unite efforts against COVID-19 "China and Belarus have recently been closely cooperating to combat the new coronavirus pandemic,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Cui Qiming said.
11:29 PoliticsBelarus' MPs to ratify visa facilitation agreement with EU on 2-3 April The visa facilitation agreement with the European Union will be ratified on 2-3 April, at the spring session of the Belarusian parliament, Chairman of the Standing Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives Andrei Savinykh said.
11:27 PresidentBelarus seeks to boost cooperation with China According to the president, now it is essential to focus on the restoration of interaction. “We need not only to restore, resume our cooperation with China, but also to ramp it up this year overcoming a certain gap. We can do it. And we will,” he stressed.
11:11 PoliticsAmbassador: China remains committed to highest-level agreements with Belarus Over the recent years the bilateral cooperation has reached its heyday due to personal efforts of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
10:58 SocietyParliament working on proposals to mitigate coronavirus impact on Belarusian economy By the end of the week, the MPs will sum up the proposals from business unions and agencies concerned on measures to mitigate the negative impact of coronavirus on the export industries of Belarus and will send them to the Council of Ministers, Chairman of the International Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Andrei Savinykh, told the media.
10:26 SocietyBelavia's third charter flight brings over 70 people from Vnukovo to Minsk Another 60 Belarusians returned home from Vietnam, Thailand, the UAE and the Dominican Republic. This charter flight operated by Belavia brought over 70 people to Minsk from Moscow's Vnukovo airport, including citizens of Armenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Russia.
10:03 SocietyYouth activists, Red Cross join efforts to help elderly in Belarus BRSM and local social services centers will receive requests for delivering staple foods through dedicated hotlines. The food will be delivered by social workers and the Red Cross and BRSM volunteers.
09:36 EconomyBelarusian companies might get tax holiday The Taxes and Duties Ministry is exploring a possibility to provide a tax holiday to Belarusian companies. “Such an instruction was given by the prime minister. This option will be discussed jointly with the Finance Ministry and other related ministries and interested agencies,” Sergei Nalivaiko said.
09:00 SocietyElderly people in Belarus urged to stay home Healthcare workers from around the world launched a campaign to encourage people to stay indoors - “I stay at work for you, you stay at home for us”. “We have joined this campaign with a purpose to support our healthcare workers and to curb the spread of the virus.
19:55 SocietyNearly 3,500 Belarusians brought home thanks to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Meanwhile, about 1,000 Belarusians are still abroad and are unable to return home. For instance, some of them travelled to Germany by car. Ground transit via Poland has been closed, this is why they are advised to take the next direct flight to Belarus.
19:38 SocietyBelarusian postal service Belpochta about to resume shipments to number of countries Belpochta will accept EMS mail bound for Spain, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Poland, and Thailand. The shipment of written correspondence and parcels to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Spain, Kazakhstan, Poland, and the USA will become possible.
19:15 PoliticsProspects of Belarus-USA military contacts discussed A protocol meeting with the American side took place in the Defense Ministry. Defense Minister, Major-General Viktor Khrenin met with Charge d'Affaires of the USA in Belarus Jenifer Moore.
18:50 SocietyWHO notes high availability of lung ventilation equipment in Belarus According to the World Health Organization, there are 22 assisted lung ventilation devices per 100,000 capita in Belarus. “If we include anesthesia breathing systems, the availability will be 38 per 100,000 capita,” Yelena Bogdan said.
18:33 SportBelarusian athletes cancel April overseas training camps over coronavirus All international training camps planned for Belarusian athletes in April have been canceled amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
18:12 SocietyBelarusians advised to refrain from going abroad amid coronavirus pandemic “There is no need to go on vacation or any sightseeing trips now. People will create difficulties primarily for themselves and their loved ones. Of all the COVID-19 cases identified in Belarus, 41 have been imported. One of them is a foreigner. The rest were Belarusian nationals,” Yelena Bogdan noted.