President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has spoken out against restrictions on religious services during the epidemic of the coronavirus and stated that Belarus would not “dramatically change the way of life” because of the pandemic. As reports the website of the Belarusian head of state, he said this on 19 April during a visit to the Church on the occasion of Easter.
Lukashenko thanked the parishioners for the fact that, despite the “heated passions” in society, they came to the temple.
“Whatever happened in our history, no one has been able to close, to cover, to ban this holiday. I must tell you that I do not welcome those who have closed the people the road to the temple. I do not welcome such a policy. Moreover, you know my position: we are experiencing these viruses each year,” he said.
Lukashenko has expressed the opinion that the epidemic of the coronavirus, some countries are “exploited”.
“I have previously been forced to admit that the coronavirus has already become policy. People don’t think about disease, about how to help each other, at the best how to sushitsa, retreating. Say that together is easier to overcome and act contrary. So you see what is happening and how to use the separate States in their own interests, these problems”, – said the President of Belarus.
He added that he believes the strict quarantine measures are ineffective.
“Those who today closed down, enlightened, powerful, democratic [country], began to work, open their factories, orphanages, schools. In the meantime, they have killed up to 600 people a day. Why on earth was to experience life?” – said Lukashenko.
Therefore, he said, “Belarus has decided not to change dramatically the way of life.”
“I am not forbidden to work the land, the factories, the factories have not closed the borders. We have identified the corridors – not without problems, but thousands of vehicles carry the necessary goods through us and we, from the West to the East”, – concluded the President.
At the beginning of the epidemic coronavirus Lukashenka expressed skepticism about the seriousness of the threat. In particular, he called the measures taken by foreign States to combat the coronavirus, “coronational”. Later he changed his opinion. When Lukashenka was speaking about was the first in the country died from the coronavirus, said, “Tomorrow it will be 80 years – why do you go down this street?”
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University in Belarus at the moment 4779 confirmed cases of infection with coronavirus, 45 people died.