MINSK, 20 January (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced that he had COVID-19 again, the Omicron variant this time, as he met with head of Russia's Republic of Tyva Vladislav Khovalyg on 20 January, BelTA informed.
“Omicron is an absolutely different variant. Things look like it has turned into ordinary flu,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “I am saying this as a person who had COVID-19 for the second time, this Omicron variant.”
“It does not cause pneumonia. For example, I continued working while infected and found out about that only after another test,” the head of state added.
Aleksandr Lukashenko praised Russia's way to fight against COVID-19: “Russia is doing the right thing. They are more focused on outpatient treatment. People have different symptoms now. Of course, there are elderly people and people for whom these viruses are more dangerous. These are people with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, asthma. Of course, they must take care of themselves. But they should not worry too much. Life goes on,” the president said.
BelTA reported earlier that at the end of July 2020 the president said that he had had asymptomatic coronavirus and continued working while infected.