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04 August 2020, 14:57

Lukashenko on pandemic: Time to learn lessons

MINSK, 4 August (BelTA) – It is time to learn the lessons and draw the conclusions, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he delivered his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 4 August, BelTA has learned.

“It is time to learn the lessons and draw the conclusions," the head of state said. “We should never believe rumors or panic. It is necessary to react calmly, intelligently and not to copy other people's recipes,” he noted.

“One more thing. We should trust. We should trust doctors, specialists and, forgive me for these words, the authorities, since you elected them," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state urged to actively design and build new healthcare facilities in Belarus and further develop the production of medicines. “We have made sure how promising this is. The fight for the primacy in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine confirms my thesis. Billions of dollars are at stake," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

He recalled that just seven years ago Belarus produced only 13% of medicines it needed. Then the president set a tough goal - to produce at least 50%. “Today we make 60%, and this saved us,” the head of state is sure.

“Reality has shown that we were right to develop a system of interregional medical centers (we will continue developing them) and also re-equip emergency medical services. This work must be completed as quickly as possible. We will direct all the funds allocated by international financial organizations for these purposes. We will continue to equip regional clinics with computer tomographs. We have seen how important they are,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president also recalled the development of so-called contact groups provided with transport and equipment. “We need to use such mobile groups in the future. This is our innovation,” the head of state said. The contact groups monitored people who were sent into self-isolation. “In Minsk alone, we had 700 such groups who monitored these people,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

As the pandemic has shown, people with reduced immunity are at risk. The president believes that everyone should focus on a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, fresh air and sports. “Fresh air and sports! If you stay home, you will always be ill,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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