First Covid-19 death reported in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Viktor Dashkevich, the actor of a theater in Vitebsk succumbed to the disease; the 74-year old man underwent treatment from pneumonia
18:20, 31 March 2020

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Belarusian media claimed first death from Covid-19 coronavirus. Viktor Dashkevich, the actor of Jakub Kolas theater in Vitebsk succumbed to the disease. Radio Liberty reported that with the reference to his wife, Svetlana Dashkevich.

Svetlana reported that she and her husband were treated from pneumonia; as their condition worsened, they ended up at a hospital.

The actor's Covid-19 probe proved positive. He spent several days at a hospital in a grave condition. 

Currently, all performances are canceled; another few actors are being treated from pneumonia. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, there has been no quarantine in Belarus; however, as of March 30, 152 cases of infection were confirmed in this country.

Previously, Russia closed the border with Belarus due to the spread of coronavirus. 

Related: Worldwide number of Covid-19-infected made over 800,000

Earlier, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko claimed that people may suffer from the panic provoked by the spread of Chinese coronavirus even more than from the disease itself. He said so as quoted by BELTA news agency, as the officials reported current epidemiological situation in the country.

"In spite of certain criticism on my behalf, I call this coronavirus nothing but hysteria, and I'll never refuse from that because I've surived many sorts of hysteria - along with you. And we know what it came to. I'm pretty sure it's another hysteria of the same kind, which will suit someone well, and it will also hurt someone", the Belarusian leader said.

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