Kiev – Belarus on Monday ordered the suspension of routine medical care at state clinics in order to spend more resources on coronavirus patients.
The health ministry said services disrupted include health check-ups and screening, physiotherapy and dentistry.
Belarus has been hit by a growing wave of coronavirus infections, with 9.3 million new cases being reported daily in the country’s 2,000-mark.
Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko often brushes off concerns about the coronavirus pandemic by saying the infection can be treated with a “tractor, bath and vodka.”
Only 20% of the population is fully vaccinated. During the pandemic, Belarus has recorded approximately 574,000 infectious diseases (about 6% of the population) and 4,417 deaths.
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