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This president said Covid-19 was 'psychosis.' Now he's had it

July 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has said he contracted coronavirus but recovered without suffering any symptoms, state-run news agency Belta reported Tuesday.

(CNN)The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has said he contracted coronavirus but recovered without suffering any symptoms, state-run news agency Belta reported Tuesday.

Lukashenko has repeatedly dismissed the threat posed by Covid-19, touted home remedies and refused to shut down his country, making Belarus an outlier in Europe.

But the most surprising thing is that today you are seeing a person who managed to power through coronavirus standing on his feet," he said during a visit to a military base, according to Belta.

"Like I said, 97% of our people go through this illness without symptoms and thank God I've managed to get into this group of asymptomatic people," added Lukashenko, citing an unsubstantiated statistic.

Lukashenko added that he had "lived through this virus. "

"It's better to die standing than to live on your knees," he said, rinkside in full hockey gear, in an interview with state television in late March.

Belarus, a country of 9. 5 million people, has officially reported 67,366 cases of coronavirus and 543 deaths as of Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins Covid tracking dashboard.

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