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04 March 2020, 15:33

No excessive restrictions over coronavirus in Belarus

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MINSK, 4 March (BelTA) – The Healthcare Ministry is against imposing excessive restrictions over coronavirus in Belarus, Natalya Zhukova, Deputy Health Minister - Chief Public Health Inspector of Belarus, told reporters on 4 March, BelTA has learned.

“There is no need for excessive restrictions,” Natalya Zhukova said. The ministry is not going to suggest border closure.

According to her, some major exhibitions might be postponed. Decisions will be taken on a case-by-case basis. “Nothing more than that,” Natalya Zhukova added.

A reminder, Belarus confirmed six coronavirus cases on 4 March. They were reported in Minsk (four cases) and Vitebsk (two cases). All these cases were identified during medical screenings. Two of them returned to Belarus from affected areas. Not only the confirmed cases were isolated, but also the people who came in close contact with them.

Belarus set up dedicated support lines in the light of the coronavirus outbreak. One of them is operated by the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology (+375(29) 156-85-65, from 8:30 till 13:00 and from 13:00 till 18:00 on weekdays) and one is run by the Minsk Hospital for Infectious Diseases (+375(17) 334-34-68, from 8:30 till 15:00).

In late December 2019, an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel virus was reported in China's 12-million Wuhan City. The WHO recognized the outbreak as an international health emergency. Most of the coronavirus cases outside China were reported in the Republic of Korea and Italy. All in all, coronavirus cases were confirmed in more than 70 countries worldwide.

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