Some countries are resorting to Belarus’ methods to combat the coronavirus, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka stated at Monday’s government meeting.
“The ongoing developments related to viruses and other diseases that we had and have in plenty are still tolerable in Belarus. We are not saying that everything is all right, that we have taken fortune by the forelock. We have not. However, the strategy that we have been following nearly three months is bearing fruit. Other states have started following suit. Look at western countries: they have started reopening cautiously; their economies have restarted; these are millions of people. At the same time, the daily death count there [from diseases aggravated by coronavirus] is higher than the number of deaths in Belarus over these three months,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.
According to him, even ‘the rich Russia’ has started to reopen key economy fields in fear of grave economic effects of the coronacrisis.
The Belarusian leader also called for taking ‘extraordinary measures’ to saving the lives of COVID-19 patients.
“Treatment will be given to people, we will see how it goes. Since I have broached the subject, I want to strongly warn that everyone [responsible] will be answerable with their heads for the mortality rate in the country. All those data, both COVID-19 and even pneumonia figures, will soon be left behind. But the people who passed away and whom we stood the chance to save but failed will remain. One must demand the Health Ministry do their best to save people’s lives. I have recently declared it when being in the church – I am bringing the situation under strict control,” Lukashenka stressed.
As reported earlier, the Belarusian president decided against cancelling a Victory parade in Minsk although the World Health Organisation and other experts had warned that organising mass events in a current epidemiological situation might result in its deterioration. On May 9, the event was attended by about 15,000 spectators.
As of May 12, the Health Ministry confirmed the total of 24,873 persons infected with the novel coronavirus in Belarus; the COVID-19 death toll reached 142. In spite of the increasing infection rate, the Belarusian authorities have not introduced any quarantine measures. Lukashenka believes that imposing a nationwide lockdown would not improve the situation in Belarus. In his opinion, such steps might deal a crippling blow to the daily life of the nation. Although the Belarusian leader admitted that the recommendations by the WHO should be studied in detail, he stressed the country would run its own course.