MOSCOW (Reuters) – An individual residing France who misplaced his mother to the coronavirus has filed a police case in direction of the chief of his native Belarus, accusing President Alexander Lukashenko of failing to take sufficient measures to fight the unfold of the pandemic.
Aleksander Matveyev talked about he had reported Lukashenko to Belarus police for investigation over the dying of his mother, Lydia Matveyeva, 68, who died on April 2 in a hospital in Vitebsk, a metropolis in northeast Belarus.
“Lukashenko did not take the required measures in time,” her son suggested Reuters in a video identify. “And if this one who exercise routines power would not take these measures, he does nothing, he should be held accountable like another citizen.”
Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has been one in all many world leaders most publicly sceptical regarding the need for strong movement to curb the coronavirus. He has criticised methods that he order a lockdown, urged therapies akin to ingesting vodka and visiting saunas, and generally known as concern of the virus “psychosis.”
Challenged by a journalist in late March over a name to take part in a hockey match, he talked about: “There are no viruses proper right here. Did you see any of them flying spherical?”
The Belarus nicely being ministry, which evokes people to reduce contact to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus, says 36 people in Belarus have died of it. Nonetheless Lukashenko has talked about all victims had completely different nicely being points. On Monday he talked about he believed nobody in Belarus could be killed by the virus.
Matveyeva’s dying certificates, an image of which was despatched to Reuters by her family, knowledge her “main cause for dying” as “coronavirus.”
“From the very beginning I was calling and asking if it was the coronavirus. They normally suggested me no, no, it’s viral pneumonia,” her son talked about. “I found regarding the coronavirus evaluation solely when, after her dying, it was on the certificates.”
Lukashenko’s office and the within ministry did not reply to a request for comment. A person who answered the cellphone inside the hospital director’s office declined to the touch upon Matveyeva’s dying.