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03 April 2020, 19:07

Belarusian Healthcare Ministry revises procedure for observing contacts of COVID-19 patients

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MINSK, 3 April (BelTA) – The Healthcare Ministry has revised approaches to observing the people COVID-19 patients have been in contact with, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Healthcare Minister Yelena Bogdan.

The Healthcare Ministry has analyzed the emergence of the coronavirus infection in patients classified first-tier contacts and second-tier contacts. “A detailed analysis demonstrated that the infection is found in first-tier contacts on the second to fifth day. This is why such patients will have to take coronavirus infection tests on the sixth or seventh day. If the test results are negative, the patient gets discharged. But the patient is still advised to follow the self-isolation protocol for up to 14 days,” Yelena Bogdan said.

The ministry has also decided to hospitalize second-tier contacts and examine them for COVID-19 if they demonstrate symptoms of an acute respiratory disease. If examination results are negative and their health does not get worse, they will be discharged for consequent out-patient treatment.

Besides, the Healthcare Ministry has decided in favor of testing all patients with moderate pneumonia and severe pneumonia for COVID-19. These measures are designed to detect patients with the coronavirus pneumonia as best as possible.

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