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08 May 2020 | 01:24 AM UTC

Belarus: Victory Day parades scheduled on May 9 amid COVID-19 pandemic /update 1

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Belarusian authorities announce Victory Day parades will be held on May 9 amid COVID-19 pandemic; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/10/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Minsk). COUNTRY/REGION Minsk, Belarus

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Event

On Thursday, May 7, Belarusian authorities announced that Victory Day parades will proceed on Saturday, May 9, despite the coronavirus disease (COIVD-19) pandemic. The parades in Minsk are scheduled to occur at, but not limited to, Prospekt Masherova, Victory Avenue (Prospekt Pobediteley), WWII Museum, and the Victory Park (Park Pobedy) at approximately 11:00 (local time). Similar commemorative events may be held throughout the country on Saturday.

A heightened police presence, crowded conditions, and significant traffic disruptions are anticipated throughout Belarus during the celebrations.

As of May 7, health authorities have confirmed 20,168 cases of COVID-19, including 116 associated deaths. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the virus as a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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