MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) – The biggest issue Belarus is facing now is the economy hit by the coronavirus infection around the world, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Chair of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly Natalya Kochanova on 31 March, BelTA has learned.
“The biggest problem we are facing now is the economic situation, although we are trying hard to keep domestic companies working and make sure people get paid. Here I follow the Trump formula. I really liked what he said about it: if we do not start working immediately (he said this addressing the Americans, the country where the U.S. dollar is printed, the world's top economy), more people will die from unemployment and hunger than from coronavirus. He was absolutely right about it. If Americans said such things, what are we supposed to say? We need to work and use every possibility to save ourselves from this crisis,” the Belarusian leader said.
He emphasized that various viral infections should not be disregarded. After all, the morbidity is at its peak now. “The disease rate peaks every spring, but it goes down later. I pray to God that it will subside by Easter,” he said.