The President of Belarus has announced he tested positive for Covid-19, after describing fears over the pandemic as ‘psychosis,’ and prescribing remedies including vodka and saunas.
He made the announcement at a meeting with security officials ahead of the country’s election in two weeks’ time.
“Today you are meeting a man who managed to survive the coronavirus on his feet. Doctors came to such a conclusion yesterday. Asymptomatic,” Lukashenko said during a meeting with the military, adding that he continued to work while infected.
“As I have said, 97 per cent of our population is carrying this infection asymptomatically. Thank God that I have managed to get into this cohort of the asymptomatic,” he said, without providing evidence for this assertion.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has previously come under fire after refusing to lockdown, and continued to play ice hockey as the disease spread across the world.
Belarus, with a population of 9.5 million, has recorded 67,366 coronavirus cases with 543 deaths.