Coronavirus teaching lesson to drug users and smokers – Lukashenka

On Thursday, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has made another comment on the coronavirus crisis during the meeting on amnesty issues.

According to him, the current situation proves to be a sobering lesson for people who have bad habits.

“This is a good lesson for drug addicts and smokers; a number of severe pneumonias and and pneumonia complicated by the coronavirus gives clear evidence to that. One should learn a lesson and think about how to shape thir own life after the so called pandemic,” Lukashenka stressed.

Since COVID-19 started to spread in Europe, the Belarusian leader has repeatedly hit the international headlines due his careless attitude to the outbreak.

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In mid March, he shared with the newly appointed officials his own ways of fighting infections, including the novel coronavirus. He advised going to a dry sauna, claiming that the virus dies at 60 degrees; more frequent handwashing, regular diet, and… drinking some vodka are also on his list. Later, he called the situation ‘psychosis and foolishness’.

There should be no panic, all you need to do is to work. I am happy when I watch TV and see people labouring in the fields, driving tractors, and no one is talking about the virus. There the tractor will cure everyone. The field will heal us all,” he said.

In early April, Lukashenka said that the introduction of tough quarantine measures and placing a curfew would not improve the coronavirus situation in Belarus. Previously, the Belarusian leader promised that despite the coronavirus, no festivities on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War would be canceled. With hundreds of fans in the stands, sports competitions were held.

As of today, the number of the people who contracted the coronavirus infection has totalled to 4,204 (+476 over the last day); the death toll has risen to 40.

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