Lukashenka assessed the impact of “graters on the streets” on the situation with coronavirus

MINSK, 24 Aug – RIA Novosti. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that street actions that began after the presidential elections in the country negatively affect the situation with the new coronavirus.
As the press service of the Belarusian president reported on Monday, this statement was made during his meeting with Dmitry Pinevich, who will be acting Minister of Health. Lukashenka said that the coronavirus has not gone anywhere yet.
He expressed the hope that the situation will not be worse than the current one. “God grant that it will be the same as the current level. But I would like to, if not part with this disease, then reduce it to an absolute minimum. So far we have stopped at a low incidence rate. And we are not falling very low. It is clear why this is happening.” , – noted Lukashenka.
The head of state expressed confidence that the republic will cope with the spread of the infection. “But we will cope with this. This is not the same problem that was in March, April and so on,” the president stressed.
According to the Ministry of Health on Sunday, the number of officially registered cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the country reached 70,468; in total, 642 patients have died since the detection of COVID-19 in the republic. Previously, the maximum increase in the country per day reached plus 973 infected, but recently there has been a tendency for this indicator to decrease to less than 100-200.
Massive opposition protests began across Belarus on August 9, after the presidential elections, which incumbent President Lukashenko won for the sixth time – according to the CEC, he gained 80.1% of the vote. The opposition believes that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election, not Lukashenko. In the early days, the actions were suppressed by the security forces; against the protesters who did not agree with the results, they used tear gas, water cannons, flash-noise grenades, rubber bullets. Then the law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing the rallies and using force. According to official data, over 6.7 thousand people were detained in the first days. As reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, among them over 120 law enforcement officers.
The authorities reported the deaths of three protesters. An OHCHR official said the Belarusian Interior Ministry had confirmed the deaths of four people as a result of injuries sustained at the protests. However, the country’s Interior Ministry said they did not confirm such information.
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