The Belarusian president extraordinarily claims that no one in his country will die of the corona virus
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko today made the incredible claim that no one in his repressive ex-Soviet state has died – or will die – from the corona virus.
The dictator ignored the official figures of his own country with 29 deaths from Covid-19 and dismissed the complaints from doctors and human rights defenders that he risks “genocide” by not taking the virus seriously and not ordering a shutdown.
Instead, he told his 9.5. million people: “We have already found combinations of medicines to save people.”
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, has insisted that the ex-Soviet have not had coronavirus deaths and that no one will die from the virus
The 65-year-old – who has ruled the capital Minsk with iron fist for more than a quarter of a century – did not explain his supposed cure, but said, “People are afraid.
“So I want to tell them the following: nobody died from the corona virus in our country. Nobody!
“They died from some of the chronic illnesses they had suffered from.”
These included cardiovascular inefficiency, lung failure and diabetes plus other complicated diagnoses – and there was coronavirus on top. he said, claiming the World Health Organization agreed.
Addressing patients now suffering from Covid-19, he continued, “They don’t even have to worry. Nobody in our country will die of coronavirus. I say this in public. This is my firm belief, judging by analysis, not just from previous years.
‘We already have experience this year. “And from our experience, from Chinese, American, European experience – how this disease works – we see how we should work,” he said.
“That’s why we’ll do our best to fight for everyone. If someone remains positive, he is healthy. ‘
He previously claimed that coronavirus can be cured by drinking vodka, driving a tractor, going to the sauna, or playing with baby goats.
Lukashenko has refused to ban football and ice hockey, or to close malls or churches, to call the corona virus a “psychosis,” and to claim that world powers are abusing it to expand their dominance.
On Sunday, a top level football match between FC Dynamo Brest and Isloch Minsk continued, and two other matches, with thousands of spectators.
Belarus is the only country in Europe to organize professional sports for spectators. The Belarusian Premier League entered its 30th season on March 19, despite the coronavirus pandemic
With a declining home crowd due to the risk of contracting the corona virus, and some fans boycotting the competition’s matches for safety reasons, Dinamo Brest filled the crowd with mannequins while the attendees were spaced to watch the match
Factories, kindergartens, schools, bars, night clubs and cinemas remain open.
Virologist Andrus Voynich said, “This is on the verge of crime and the active destruction of his own people.
“I can only compare this with the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Only there it happened manually, and here with the help of an epidemic.
“I have no other comparisons for Lukashenko’s actions.”
Belarusian people also signed a petition pleading “We want to live.”
Minsk-based Voynich says he is in contact with medics who are too afraid to speak in a repressive state.
Strongman Lukashenko likes to be seen with glamorous women and personally advised beauty queen Maria Vasilevich, 22, in her preparations for Miss World 2018, when she finished third.
He was later seen hugging her at a sporting event and dancing with her.
He is caring for his son, 16 this year, as his successor, reports say.
The child’s mother was his personal doctor who later banned Lukashenko.
Meanwhile, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital said in Kiev on Monday that a famous historical monastery in Kiev is closing for quarantine after dozens of its monks tested positive for the new corona virus.
Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko says the Pechersk Monastery had 90 cases of coronavirus, including 63 in the past 24 hours. He said the city government will send a medical team to conduct extensive tests at the monastery.
KIEV: The outer wall of the Kiev monastery that has had 90 cases of the coronavirus, 63 of which in the past 24 hours. It is now closed after dozens of monks tested positive
The monastery is known for its extensive system of caves and tunnels, with ancient cells for monks and cemeteries. It is one of the main tourist attractions of the Ukrainian capital.
Ukraine has registered 3,102 cases of coronavirus, including 495 in the capital and 93 deaths.
In Serbia, police have arrested the head of a nursing home in the southern city of Nis after 139 people at the facility were infected with the new corona virus.
The manager, identified only by his initials M.S., is suspected of “having committed a serious crime against public health,” police said in a statement Monday. The suspect has not taken all necessary measures and actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease, the statement said.
Police say 135 residents and four staff have been infected. The head of the Nis Gerontology Center has been sentenced to 48 hours in prison pending interrogation by prosecutors, the police statement said.
Serbia has banned all people over 65 from leaving their homes to protect the elderly population from contamination with the new coronavirus. Other strict measures include daily curfew and weekend clock.
SERBIA: The head of a Serbian nursing home in the southern city of Nis was arrested after 139 people were infected with the corona virus. Image from Google Maps
SERBIA: The manager, identified only by his initials M.S., is suspected of “having committed a serious crime against public health.” Picture: the interior of the nursing home in Nis, Serbia