MINSK, 2 March (BelTA) – A Belarusian woman from Vitebsk was reported as the second suspected case of coronavirus in Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Healthcare Ministry.
“According to the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, one of the test samples taken from this woman revealed an RNA fragment that might be attributed to the novel coronavirus,” the press service informed.
The Belarusian national and two of her co-workers returned from Italy. As they were on a brief trip to the northern part of Italy, they were asked to come to a healthcare facility for tests. The patients were taken off to Vitebsk Regional Infectious Diseases Hospital. “As of today, all three of them are in satisfactory condition and show no symptoms of disease. In-depth laboratory tests are conducted on the affected patient. Two of her colleagues tested negative for the coronavirus,” the press service noted.
The tests were done as part of a large-scale medical surveillance campaign covering people who came back from at-risk countries. The containment efforts are taking place all over the country. “As of today, there are three suspected cases of coronavirus in Belarus. They are in hospital now. All of them are in satisfactory condition and display no clinical symptoms of disease,” the press service noted.
The press service added they are a student from Iran, the father of his girlfriend and the woman from Vitebsk.