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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Belarus president urges to take good care of elderly in current virus situation

The Belarusian healthcare system is capable of successfully responding to the existing challenges, including those brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he met with Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova on 31 March, BelTA has learned.

The head of state stressed that the matter of virus diseases must not be shrugged off. “Moreover, judging from a digital analysis of the sickness rate I feel we are now at the peak. I am already praying for the peak to go down by Easter,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president emphasized that while fighting the spread of the coronavirus one should not forget that there are many other categories of patients that need medical aid as much. “Diseases other than viruses kill hundreds of times more people. We just focus on the coronavirus epidemic. We have patients that suffer from oncological diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and asthma. We also have people that suffer from simple pneumonia without any complications. And the number of deaths caused by these diseases is hundreds of times higher than the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus,” the Belarusian leader noted.

In order to evaluate the situation, Aleksandr Lukashenko intends to soon analyze the death statistics in Belarus in Q1 2020 among other things and compare it with similar periods of past years.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said he had personally asked Natalya Kochanova to get to the bottom of the situation in Vitebsk last weekend. “You are a courageous person. A kind of a soldier that even worked in the problem region on a weekend. What do you think is going on there? I am not saying it is some catastrophe. Vitebsk Oblast has a different climate and the morbidity peak has shifted a bit. Yes, some errors were made. I would like to hear about them. The healthcare minister is working there today. I've sent him and specialists there. I want them to pay attention, analyze things and make conclusions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state also made a few comments about the death of a theater actor previously diagnosed with the coronavirus in Vitebsk. Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked the elderly man had also had other co-existing diseases. “The wife is healthy, she was living together with the husband, the daughter is healthy. Because they have a strong immune system. But he, poor guy, didn't make it. He was hospitalized with a bad case of pneumonia, his lungs were artificially ventilated, medics worked hard to save him,” he added.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed it is necessary to take good care of the elderly in the current situation: “Not because they are old but because their immune systems are weak. And then they have a bunch of illnesses”. “If people fail to understand it, we can't do anything about it,” the head of state added.

At the same time Aleksandr Lukashenko does not advocate mass isolation. “Keeping people in stuffy apartments is not a good idea. We will kill them like that,” he is convinced. “Many problems are surfacing now that we should deal with instead of closing the border and keeping people indoors. We've always been told, you must remember: if you get a respiratory infection, flu and so on, you should go outside, breathe fresh air, and air your apartment.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that if people stay isolated in their homes, nobody knows whether they are healthy or infected already with something, not only with the coronavirus. “The virus is roaming. Neither you nor I know. I haven't taken the test. And I don't know whether I've already lived through the virus on my feet or not. The situation over there is the same,” he remarked.

According to the president, as a result people stay in their closed apartments in an atmosphere of viruses and often get hospitalized too late when their state is critical. “This is why I don't understand those, who advise isolation, shutting down, and fencing off. It is necessary to work like we've always done with pinpoint precision,” the head of state stated.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that over 100 people in Belarus have already recovered from the coronavirus. He thanked medics for it. “I would like to thank these medics. For their coming up with a combination of drugs to cure the people. Well done! But people should take care of themselves, too, particularly the elderly. Those, who are younger, have already had the virus and can handle it. There is no other way. But people should take precautions at the personal level where they can,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

The president reminded he has been closely monitoring the operation of the healthcare system recently. “The system has been created. The system should work like a clock. I cannot say it doesn't,” he remarked.

Yet Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out shortcomings in the work of medics. He mentioned that some medics are careless and do not always take the necessary precautions when they work with patients. “I know about more than ten first-tier medics in Vitebsk, who have got the disease from someone. Certainly, they are not a problem. But we get distracted to treat them. These medics should treat patients instead of our treating them. Thank god, they are strong people. But it won't do if medics neglect basic precautions,” the head of state believes.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection are being taken in Belarus. Among other things people coming from abroad are quarantined, every person coming into the country gets checked, contacts of all the infected are tracked down. “We are treating them where they should be treated. But we cannot restrict people in matters we shouldn't restrict,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

The president also talked about fake news and certain mistrust in the authorities on the wake of the coronavirus infection. “They say the authorities mislead someone… Listen, why would I want to mislead anyone? Did I create the virus in order to hide something from people or what? I didn't create the virus,” the Belarusian leader responded.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the overall situation is manageable and there is no catastrophe: “About 80-90 people are being treated in Belarusian hospitals now.” Moreover, other viruses, which have spread all over the world in the last few years, are now being detected in Belarus.

In conclusion Aleksandr Lukashenko said that it is always necessary to learn lessons from events like wars, epidemics, or pandemics. “We are learning a lot. I personally oversee several processes. It is too early to talk about it but I've already told people that time will come and I will talk about my observations, specialists will talk, and we will tell the public about these lessons. But these lessons must be learned. If today an economic disaster occurs or a disaster relating to human diseases, who can guarantee that things will not be even worse tomorrow?” the president wondered.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Lukashenko meets with security officials to discuss Armed Forces, NATO exercise

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko received State Secretary of the Security Council Andrei Ravkov, Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin and Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Deputy Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus Pavel Tikhonov on 30 March, BelTA has learned.

“As we have agreed earlier, I would like to discuss a number of matters with you. These matters go beyond the state of things in our army. One of these matters was discussed last year. This is the response to the developments near our borders, the NATO exercise Defender-Europe 20,” the head of state said.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Call to revisit standardization issue in Belarus' construction sector

We need to take a look at how the instructions to adjust standardization in the construction sector in order to avoid its excessiveness have been implemented, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he visited Belgips Plant on 27 March, BelTA has learned.

Some 10-12 years ago the president instructed to review the legal framework in the construction sector with a view to abandon excessive standardization and transit to European standards. “We use beams, reinforced concrete instead of light structures. Too much money was wasted,” said the Belarusian leader.

More economical approaches have already been introduced. For example, some of them were applied in the construction of Minsk Arena.

Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that this issue should be revisited after the elections. “We need to liberate the things where it is possible,” the president said.

The head of state stressed that the safety of people remains number one priority. “The construction must be safe. Overspending, however, must be ruled out. This is what we should always keep in mind,” he said.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Lukashenko sends Independence Day greetings to Bangladesh

On behalf of the Belarusian people and himself, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended greetings to Mohammad Abdul Hamid, President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, as the country celebrates Independence Day, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state emphasized that cooperation between the two nations is based on mutual respect and complementarity of national economies. Aleksandr Lukashenko welcomed progress in bilateral cooperation.

“We need to make the most of the cooperation potential at all levels of power. This should involve various government agencies, humanitarian organizations and economic entities,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.

The Belarusian leader wished Mohammad Abdul Hamid strong health and many successes in his political career. He also wished peace and prosperity to the people of Bangladesh.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Lukashenko sends Independence Day greetings to Greece

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended greetings to Greece President Katerina Sakellaropoulou as the country celebrates Independence Day, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state emphasized that the two nations boast a rich centuries-long history and cultural heritage, share spiritual values that create a robust foundation for the development of constructive interstate ties.

“I am confident that we need an intensified bilateral dialogue at all the levels. I believe that the relations between out countries will continue developing on the principles of friendship, mutual respect and joint efforts to support and expand security measures and trust on the European continent,” the president said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko wished strong health and wellbeing to Katerina Sakellaropoulou and peace and prosperity to the people of Greece.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Lukashenko demands to tackle spread of fake news about coronavirus deaths

It is essential to tackle the spread of fake news relate to coronavirus deaths, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the meeting in the Palace of Independence on 21 March, BelTA informs.

“You need to track down these websites, channels. A woman died in Vitebsk, this death had nothing to do with coronavirus, several tests were made after her death. I am reported about all similar deaths. Some sources started spreading fake stories that the woman died from coronavirus. Why? To spread panic,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said addressed KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik.

The president emphasized the need to deal with “scumbags spreading those fake stories”. “Why are they trying to bully people?” he wondered. “Thank goodness, we are keeping things under control in this difficult time during a peak of acute respiratory diseases. Yet, they are trying to turn up the heat, set things on fire. People have already become immune to this silly talk in the internet. But why don't we deal with people who are doing it on purpose?”

According to the head of state, about 1,000 coronavirus tests were done in Minsk in the past 24 hours. All of them came back negative. “It is good, but we should not relax,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. He instructed Chairperson of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova to take the work with the elderly, who are in the higher risk group, under special control. “It is not about coronavirus: there are many other viruses,” the president said.

Natalya Kochanova noted that she had already talked to heads of district administrations and instructed them to work with elderly people, to organize food delivery to their homes.

“I reiterate: it is not about coronavirus. It is about our integrity and discipline. Does it really matter why a person died? It is our lack of discipline. People should not die from viruses. We must take care of our people. We must encourage children to help elderly people. The main thing right now it to protect the elderly,” the head of state emphasized.

As it was reported, earlier a number of mass media outlets informed that a woman had died from coronavirus in Vitebsk. The Healthcare Ministry made a rebuttal.

According to the Healthcare Ministry, this was the fourth death story from journalists in the past two weeks. Previously they “buried” a famous businessman, a girl in Grodno, and a man in Lepel.

As the husband of the deceased talked to the press and enumerated all her diseases, the Healthcare Ministry had to confirm that the patient had been taken to hospital in Vitebsk on 15 March. “From the epidemiological anamnesis it became clear that the woman had not travelled abroad. She was initially admitted to hospital with pneumonia, and had fever for a week. She also suffered from diabetes, arterial hypertension, chronic bronchitis and obesity. On admission to hospital, she was diagnosed with pneumonia, and doctors, following the order of the Healthcare Ministry (all patients with pneumonia are tested for coronavirus), took a swab. A decision was also made to test her closest relatives,” reads the press release of the press service of the Healthcare Ministry.

“A negative coronavirus test came back the following day. The patient's closest relatives will get results next week. The Healthcare Ministry has extended condolences to the husband and family of the woman. This is a big loss,” the representatives of the ministry stressed.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Belarus looks forward to strengthening of cooperation with Pakistan in all avenues

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko sent greetings to President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi as the country celebrates the national holiday - Pakistan Day, BelTA learned from the Belarusian leader's press service.

The head of state noted that in recent years Belarus and Pakistan have developed fruitful relations: political, economic ties and humanitarian contacts have been developing.

“I am convinced that our joint activities will contribute towards the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in all avenues,” the message of greetings reads.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Lukashenko to visit Adani Company

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to visit Adani Company that leads security, healthcare and scientific industry, BelTA has learned.

The head of state is expected to get familiar with the operation of the company, and visit its research center, laboratories, pilot-line production and an assembly workshop.

Adani is a high-tech enterprise of a complete innovation cycle (development, production, maintenance). The company is focused on technologies of medical X-ray image, X-ray inspection systems and non-destructive testing.

Adani became a resident of the Minsk Free Economic Zone in 2010. Over the past years the company has created 545 jobs, invested $38.6 million, including $25.6 million in fixed assets.

Adani supplies products to 86 countries. These are scientific analytical instruments, medical X-ray equipment, screening X-ray equipment, full height human scanners, luggage and transport scanners. Last year the company exported some $40 million worth of goods. The average salary of the personnel involved in production exceeded Br2,500 (the results of 2019).

Adani Technologies was also registered in Minsk Free Economic Zone in 2010. The company is engaged in research and development. For this purpose, a center of strategic innovations and technologies has been built there. In 2010-2019 the company created 136 jobs, attracted €10.2 million in capital investment.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Lukashenko holds meeting to discuss epidemiological situation in Belarus

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report on the epidemiological situation in Belarus on 19 March, BelTA has learned.

The meeting at the Palace of Independence was attended by Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko, State Secretary of the Security Council Andrei Ravkov, Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik. Partaking in the meeting were also representatives of the Belarusian Center of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, the Minsk Research Center of Surgery, Transplantology and Hematology, the Belarusian State Medical University, the Belarusian Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

“I have invited you today to discuss the epidemiological situation in Belarus. It is especially important amid the coronavirus psychosis,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to the head of state, he wanted to meet only with virologists and epidemiologists at first: the president is aware of the position and approaches of the healthcare minister. “But the minister said that he is a statesman and will not hog the blanket. I think, it would be great if the healthcare minister reports on the current situation and you share your opinions,” he said.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Lukashenko sends birthday greetings to Georgia president

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent a letter of birthday greetings to Georgia President Salome Zourabichvili, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The head of state recalled the visit of the Georgian leader to Belarus in 2019 and added that the parties discussed a wide range of issues related to bilateral cooperation then.

“I am convinced that active cooperation between Minsk and Tbilisi fully meets the interests of our states and nations,” the message of greetings runs.

Aleksandr Lukashenko praised the business qualities and life experience of Salome Zourabichvili and wished her strong health, implementation of her plans and further success on her responsible post.