First death from COVID-19 documented in Belarus
- 31 March 2020
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has informed of the first death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country during a meeting with the country’s top senator Natalya Kochanova, APA reports quoting BelTA news agency.
"The wife is healthy, she was living together with the husband, the daughter is healthy. Because they have a strong immune system. But he, poor guy, didn't make it. He was hospitalized with a bad case of pneumonia, his lungs were artificially ventilated, medics worked hard to save him," he said, quoted by BelTA.
According to Belarusian media, the deceased man was 75 years old and lived in Vitebsk in the northeast of the country. Lukashenko noted that the health minister had been sent to the city. "I am not saying there is some catastrophe with the coronavirus [in the Vitebsk Region]. The Vitebsk Region has a different climate and the morbidity peak has shifted a bit. Yes, some errors were made. I would like to hear about them. The healthcare minister is working there today. I've sent him and specialists there. I want them to pay attention, analyze things and make conclusions," he added.
"I am not saying it is some catastrophe. The Vitebsk Region has a different climate and the morbidity peak has shifted a bit. Yes, some errors were made. I would like to hear about them," he told the Belarusian top senator.
Lukashenko stressed that it is especially important to take care of the