Lukashenko On COVID-19 In Minsk: We Have Overcome This Challenge

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko commented on the the epidemiological situation in Minsk during the meeting with up to 1,000 top officials and executives of the city on 7 July, the presidential press service reports.

“The healthcare system that we have, the discipline and governability have helped us overcome these challenges in such a densely populated and open city as Minsk.

I have just talked to Natalya Kochanova (the chairperson of the Council of the Republic – BelarusFeed note) to see what the situation was this morning. I can congratulate you – we have coped with this challenge,” he said.

According to the president, Minsk was one of the most troubled regions during the pandemic. He explained that this was due to the fact that the city’s population is 2 million, its great mobility, as well as open borders and no self-isolation requirements for people.

Besides, he noted that the most important thing was to prevent the panic. “We did well. Let’s hope will keep doing little by little. We need to beat it completely and prevent another wave. This is very important for us,” the president said.

As of 7 July, 64,003 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Belarus. The daily increase of new infections is 199 cases, the Healthcare Ministry reports. 51,902 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals, 436 coronavirus patients have died.

The number of infected, recovered or dead people in Minsk is unknown. The Healthcare Ministry does not provide statistics by region, only by country. Recall that earlier Lukashenko commended the work of doctors fighting coronavirus and said that we can say already that we have won.”