Fight against coronavirus already cost Belarus almost half billion rubles, Lukashenka says

To avoid the second wave of the coronavirus, Alyaksandr Lukashenka advises to go on holiday in Belarus, not abroad. He said so at a meeting with the leadership of the government economic bloc, BelTA reports.

Lukashenka said that the Belarusian health care system had coped with the pandemic, while the number of “really sick” is now declining.

“I do not mean those who have been tested, but those who are really ill. But the situation in the world is far from being optimistic: almost 15 million people have been infected with this disease. There are countries where repeated restrictive measures are being introduced. That is, people have been locked up, curfewed, allowed out and they received a new surge of the disease. People had to be locked in apartments again,” he said.

To avoid the second wave of coronavirus, Lukashenka advises to go on holiday only in Belarus this year. According to him, the country has created all conditions for a comprehensive and safe rest.

“I’ve already warned them: we do not forbid anyone to go anywhere, but when they return to the country, they will have to get quarantined at their own expense. With all the consequences,” he said.

Lukashenka also estimated the cost of fight against coronavirus for Belarus.

“Belarusians should know that, for example, the fight against coronavirus has already cost the budget almost half a billion rubles. There are additional spending on medicine, as well as funds to support the real economy. But people are always more important than money,” he added.