‘Infections are over’. Lukashenka demands Belarusian children go back to schools

Starting next week, Belarusian pupils should stop staying away from schools, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said during Friday’s working trip to Lida district.

We need to take care of people also in terms of education, schools and so on. [Children] need to start learning. But one should not be in a rush,” he said.

According to the Belarusian leader, there are no problems anymore in rural areas as the outbreak of ‘acute respiratory viral infections is over’. At the same time, parents who work in the fields cannot leave them unsupervised; therefore, it is high time the holidays be finished, he believes.

When it comes to towns and cities, it will take them a week to slowly involve kids in learning activities after Easter. They should gradually start studying again. Next week, those who wish may learn individually, others can go to school… But we need to get the ball rolling,” the head of state stressed.

The spring school holidays were scheduled for March, 30 – April, 4. However, they were extended twice amid the spread of COVID-19.

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On April 8, Minsk City Executive Committee approved a plan to ‘prevent and reduce the spread of acute respiratory infections, including those caused by COVID-19’. The list of measures includes the ban on holding mass events; the recommendation to switch to distance learning; the parents’ right to decide whether or not to send their child to school/kindergarten, etc. But still, imposing lockdown does not seem to be on the Belarusian government’s agenda as yet.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has repeatedly said that the introduction of tough quarantine measures and placing a curfew would not improve the coronavirus situation in Belarus. In his opinion, such steps might deal a crippling blow to the daily life of Belarusians.

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