“As I said, 97% of our people go through this disease without symptoms. Thank God, I managed to get into this group of asymptomatic people,” Lukashenko added, citing unsubstantiated statistics.
Mr Lukashenko added that he had “survived the virus”.
The leader of the strongmen sadly rejected the coronavirus as a mass “psychosis” and recommended that citizens enjoy a traditional sauna or drink vodka to “poison the virus.” He was widely criticized for refusing to impose strict restrictions on the coronavirus during a pandemic.
Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994, did not limit his public speeches during the pandemic and continued his annual military parade in May. He also continued to collect personal government fees and played hockey throughout the pandemic.
“It’s better to die standing than to live on your knees,” he said, moving in full hockey gear, in an interview with state television in late March.