Belarus confirm first novel coronavirus case

Belarus confirm first novel coronavirus case

The Belarusian Ministry of Health has reported the first novel coronavirus case in the country. A statement to this effect was posted on the ministry’s website today.

According to the ministry, an Iranian citizen has tested positive.

"The first imported coronavirus case has been recorded in Belarus. We inform you that a student from Iran has tested positive for the 2019-nCoV coronavirus during tests conducted at the Republican Research and Practical Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology on February 27," TASS cited the ministry as saying.

The outbreak of the now-infamous novel coronavirus pneumonia was recorded in Wuhan, an economic and industrial metropolis, in late December 2019. 

According to the authorities, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus in China has passed 83,380. Of these, 2,858 were fatalities, while more than 36,581 patients recovered.  Apart from China, 55 other countries and territories, including Russia, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.

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