Recently, a number of academic publications on the situation with CoViD-19 have appeared. In the paper, the authors, on the basis of 23 studies and reports, offer preliminary estimates of herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2 in Belarus as well as of its lethality. They also present a conceptual framework for analysing statistical biases related to counting CoViD deaths.
Belarus's Special Path in the Fight against CoViD-19
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization announced the global pandemic of SARS-CoV-2. Shortly after that, most of the world’s countries introduced so called lockdown measures to contain the spread of the infection and reduce the number of fatalities. Belarus is among few countries where lockdown measures have been minimal. What can be said about such an approach now - ca 70 days after the pandemic was declared?
Key points and predictions
President Alexander Lukashenka faces his toughest challenge yet. But Belarusians
won't forget that in this crisis, civil society has proved more resourceful
than the state.
As a valuable voice in discussion, we recommend the article by Hanna Liubakova
in OpenDemocracy, with comments from Vadim Mojeiko, BISS analyst.
The opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect the position of BISS.
Despite the skepticism demonstrated earlier, the Belarusian authorities are forced to take additional measures to respond to the coronavirus epidemic.
There are several reasons for this, including the electorate dissatisfaction with the previous authorities’ policies and the increase in coronavirus spread. Within April 2-28, according to the official statistics, the number of cases increased by 40 times (from 300 to 12,208 people), the death toll grew by 20 times (from 4 to 79).
At the same time, the authorities’actions remain contradictory and inconsistent.
Photo by BELTA
May 5, 2020
At the invitation of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Belarus, BISS analyst
Vadim Mojeikotook part in the first #PodKAS episode.
He deliberated on how the Belarusian society reacted to the new coronavirus, explains what are the factors of such reactions and prognosticates on their consequences.