Belarus will maintain a army parade this week to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany, its president has stated, regardless of having one of many worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.
Alexander Lukashenko stated in televised remarks that he didn’t need to cancel the parade partially as a result of folks “would say we have been scared”.
Russia and different former Soviet nations have cancelled this week’s commemoration to sluggish the unfold of the virus. Final month, greater than 10,000 Russian troopers who took half in rehearsals were quarantined.
Belarus has virtually 17,500 confirmed instances of coronavirus, giving it one in all Europe’s highest per capita an infection charges. Lukashenko, president since 1994, has publicly stated the hazard from the illness was exaggerated and averted instituting bodily distancing pointers.
The nation has continued to carry soccer matches and saved its church buildings open for Easter companies, regardless of closures all through the remainder of Europe. Volunteers have helped crowdfund crucial PPE as hospital employees have been informed to do with out. 100 and three folks have died of the illness within the nation.
Talking concerning the parade, Lukashenko stated it shouldn’t be cancelled as a result of it was “an emotional and a profoundly ideological factor”.
“We should always do not forget that a few of these folks [who fought in the second world war] may need died of viruses or different illnesses, however didn’t at all times really feel that, they usually died for us, irrespective of how pompous this may sound,” Lukashenko stated within the remarks, which have been translated by the Interfax information service.
“And simply suppose what folks would say. Maybe they might say it, not instantly, however a day or two days later – however they might say we have been scared.”
On Monday, Lukashenko additionally stated he deliberate to carry presidential elections earlier than August. “Now we have no grounds to delay this election, we can’t try this by structure,” he stated.
— to www.theguardian.com