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07 February 2020, 18:35

Health minister: Belarus spares no effort to keep coronavirus at bay

Vladimir Karanik. An archive photo
Vladimir Karanik. An archive photo

MINSK, 7 February (BelTA) – Belarus is going to extraordinary lengths to prevent the coronavirus from penetrating the country, although there is a low probability of this happening, Belarusian Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik told reporters on 7 February, BelTA has learned.

“We opt for efficient rather than showy measures. We have put up a team of top specialists to work out the most efficient plan of action taking into consideration potential risks. The probability of the virus getting into Belarus is insignificant, though it should not be disregarded. The situation is under control. We are focusing on large groups of people, because if one of them is diagnosed with the virus, this person can pass it to a great number of people,” Vladimir Karanik said.

Students arriving from China will be taken to the Brigantina recreation center of Belarusian State University where they will stay for two weeks. “It is not about quarantine, but about prevention and medical observation. I would like to emphasize that Brigantina will house only those students who show no symptoms of the infection, who come from unaffected regions of China and who have not been exposed to 2019-nCoV. We are trying to calm down the student community and bring to naught the low risks of importing the virus into the country,” the minister said.

In his words, the students taken to Brigantina will be offered all the comfort they need. They will be able to continue learning to an individual curriculum. Students will be taken to the center in groups. The first group of students (29 people) will arrive from China on 7 February.

BelTA reported earlier that Belarus is undertaking a series of measures to prevent the penetration and spread of the 2019-nCoV virus. The country has deployed thermal imaging sensors at border checkpoints. Entry screening is also in place at Minsk National Airport. In addition to that, clinical specimens are collected from people arriving from China at 23 border checkpoints.

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