Countries should demonstrate solidarity and avoid populist measures in the fight against the coronavirus, Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Commission of the House of Representatives Oleg Gaidukevich told BelTA.
On 17 March, the WHO Country Office in Belarus issued a statement expressing concern over the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the world and the associated adverse social and economic impact on societies and countries. Oleg Gaidukevich stressed that in this situation countries should demonstrate solidarity. “We should work together, support each other, especially within integration associations. History shows that solidarity and mutual support always help in such situations,” Oleg Gaidukevich pointed out. He also noted that populist measures will by no means help solve the problem.
Oleg Gaidukevich concurs with the WHO's position that restrictions on traveling during medical emergencies rarely prove effective. Moreover, they may have negative social and economic consequences for involved countries. “We should bear in mind not only medical consequences, although this is the most important thing. We should also think about economy. Losses are already reported at billions, which will lead to job cuts and deterioration in people's prosperity in the future,” he said. “In order to avoid such negative consequences in Belarus, we propose the government to take measures regarding rents, loans, and inspections to support small and medium-sized business,” the MP added.
According to Oleg Gaidukevich, in order to curb the spread of any infection, it is important to immediately inform people about the current state of affairs and remind them about safety measures. The MP said that he already took such measures and limited his participation in public events. Oleg Gaidukevich suggests making appointments with him to ask questions over the phone, Skype, or other means. He stressed that rumors and false information have harmful effects. “All this stands in the way of medics who show the highest level of professionalism in the current situation,” Oleg Gaidukevich said.