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23 November 2020, 13:21

Belarusians told to wear masks for duration of epidemic

MINSK, 23 November (BelTA) – People will have to wear masks and maintain social distancing as long as the morbidity rate remains high. Belarusian Acting Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich made the relevant statement on the air of the TV channel Belarus One, BelTA has learned.

The key task of regional staffs in charge of responding to COVID-19 is to pool personnel resources, material resources, and other kinds of resources. According to Dmitry Pinevich, the task has been accomplished under the supervision of heads of municipal authorities. To respond to shortcomings is another task. “Shortcomings are promptly detected and addressed by our monitoring groups,” the official said. He explained that the situation is a bit different in comparison with spring. “Yet the differences are not critical,” he noted. Dmitry Pinevich mentioned that medical personnel are getting exhausted and it is a problem.

The official also mentioned the latest morbidity figures in various parts of the country. “Grodno Oblast is at its peak it seems. We hope Minsk Oblast is, too. Figures continue rising in Gomel, Vitebsk, and Mogilev. Figures increase the slowest in Brest Oblast,” the official said. Dmitry Pinevich explained that Brest Oblast is lagging behind others possibly because the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic ended later over there.

Dmitry Pinevich stressed that making sure the response to the epidemic is manageable by constant monitoring and prompt response is important in this situation.

Belarusians will have to wear masks until the epidemic process is over. “It is quite hard to neglect laws of the epidemic. This is why masks have to be worn and social distancing has to be maintained at least till morbidity figures start falling, so to say. On the whole, possibly till June,” Dmitry Pinevich concluded.

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