28 July 2020
Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko announces recovery from COVID-19

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko announces recovery from COVID-19

Natalia Fedosenko / TASS

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Tuesday that he had recovered from the coronavirus, according to a report by state-run agency BelTA.

"I apologize for my voice. I've been talking a lot lately. But most amazingly, you're meeting today with a man who managed to survive the coronavirus on his feet. That's the conclusion the doctors came to yesterday. [I had the disease] asymptomatically," Lukashenko said during a visit to the country's Interior Ministry.

"I'm finally in Belarus' golden fund [of recovered coronavirus patients]," the president added.

According to Lukashenko, 97% of the country's population have suffered from the infection without displaying any symptoms.

Lukashenko had earlier said that Belarus will not record any coronavirus-linked deaths, claiming that all COVID-19 fatalities apparently occur from other diseases that develop as a consequence of the infection.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Belarus remained among the few countries that refused to impose strict restrictions to combat the spread of the disease, despite recommendations from the WHO.

In early July, Lukashenko announced that Belarus had "defeated" the epidemic.

As of July 28, Belarus has recorded over 67,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which have led to 543 deaths and over 60,000 recoveries.