Belarus president tests positive for COVID-19

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) after dismissing concerns as “psychosis”.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, right, inspects police vehicles as he visits the Belarusian Interior Ministry special forces base in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Photo: Nikolai Petrov/AP)

Lukashenko made the announcement today, July 28, during a meeting with security officials.

The president, who is asymptomatic, reportedly told officials “Today you are meeting with a person who managed to survive the coronavirus on his feet. Doctors made such a conclusion yesterday: asymptomatic”.

He had dismissed concerns about the virus as a “psychosis” as the nation failed to take lockdown or distancing measures.

The country has reported approximately 67,000 COVID-19 cases and 543 reported deaths.