Coronavirus situation in Belarus raises concern – Lithuanian formin

  • 2020-04-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The situation around the spread of the coronavirus in Belarus is raising concern, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says, adding that official information from this country cannot always be trusted.

"The existing situation is raising concern for us. Yesterday I discussed the situation with my fellow foreign minister, I called him and we spoke, and I explained. We are truly concerned over those images when we see that they are still playing football and ice hockey there, and the comments downplaying the threats do not inspire trust," the minister told the national broadcaster LRT on Thursday.

He also expressed his regret over the fact that official information provided by the Belarusian authorities cannot be always trusted.

"I understand that the official Belarusian reaction is the way it is but we also have the right to view everything the way we imagine that," Linkevicius said.

"The situation is raising concern, therefore, travel restrictions with Belarus are also being introduced," he added.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday the neighboring country could be "an uncontrolled hotspot" of the disease. 

Responding to such comment, Anatoly Glaz, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday such statements should be based on evidence and reliable information, not speculations and rumors.

It is stated on the Belarusian Foreign Ministry's website that over 32,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the country, and 157 people are undergoing treatments and two people have died of the virus.