On April 3, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has voiced the updated number of Belarusian residents who contracted COVID-19.
According to him, 351 coronavirus cases of have been confirmed in Belarus, TV station ONT reports.
305 persons are undergoing medical treatment; 16 of them are put on lung ventilators. 46 patients have been discharged.
There are also reports about at least five deaths of people who were previosly tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Over the past month, Alyaksandr Lukashenka has gained notoriety for his careless attitude to the pandemic of COVID-19.
On March 16, 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’.
Last week, Lukashenka promised that despite the coronavirus, no festivities on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War would be canceled. What is more, introducing quarantine measures is not even considered at the official level. There are sports competitions with fans in the stands. The head of Belarus plays sports and shares antivirus observations.