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8 Oct 2020

People entering Belarus should self-isolate for 10 days

People entering Belarus should self-isolate for 10 days
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MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – The Healthcare Ministry will reduce the mandatory self-isolation period to ten days for people arriving from countries affected by the coronavirus and for those who contacted a confirmed coronavirus case, Acting Healthcare Minister Dmitry Pinevich told reporters following a meeting with the head of state on 8 October, BelTA has learned.

“The self-isolation period will be reduced to ten days for people arriving in Belarus [from countries affected by the epidemic] and for people who were exposed to confirmed coronavirus cases,” Dmitry Pinevich said.

He explained that this decision was made following the observations of Belarusian healthcare providers that suggest that the disease developed usually not later than on the seventh day after contacting a coronavirus case. “A test will be done on the seventh day, symptoms will be monitored till the tenth day and after that people will be medically cleared [if everything is all right]. This will be more convenient to people arriving from abroad and those who self-isolate,” Dmitry Pinevich noted.

When asked about other changes to the coronavirus containment strategy, the minister said that they will be occasional and targeted, if any, because the country had already developed the basic coronavirus response measures during the first wave and gained a unique experience that will be used now. “We have confirmed once again today the efficiency of the chosen model of restrictive measures,” he said.

“We do not feel anxious about the forthcoming seasonal diseases. However, we would like to urge everyone to take basic precautionary measures because they really work,” Dmitry Pinevich said.

The Healthcare Ministry did not suggest nationwide transition to distance learning. Decisions on each educational institution, if necessary, will be made on a case-by-case basis.

As for those who have already recovered from a coronavirus infection, these people usually do not get sick again. “According to our data, the immunity developed after the spring wave has not gone away,” the specialist said. “Our data suggest that people who have recovered do not fall ill en masse, they have an immunity,” he added.

The healthcare system of Belarus is well prepared for the new wave of morbidity. In this regard, the Healthcare Ministry oversees the availability of 190 types of medications, of which 150 are of domestic production. Stocks of personal protective equipment in warehouses can last for a month and a half of continuous work.

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