Tractors Will Heal Everyone of the Coronavirus, Says President of Belarus

Most state leaders and health organizations are actively urging civilians to stay indoors and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. But not the President of the Republic of Belarus.
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On Monday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko went on the record saying that “tractors will heal everyone” in the new Coronavirus pandemic, Euractiv reports. Tractors make everything better, he said. This may be true in some cases, but not when it comes to the COVID-19.

“You just have to work, especially now, in a village,” he said, trying to emphasize that the pandemic should not deter farmers from sowing crops this spring.

“It's nice watching television: people are working in tractors, no one is talking about the virus,” he went on. “There, the tractor will heal everyone. The fields heal everyone.”

He doesn’t exactly say to put a person who tested positive for the virus in a tractor as a means to cure them, but it’s the closest thing. Sweeping generalizations and broad statements like “the tractor will heal everyone, the fields heal everyone” are not uncommon with the political figure, who often likes to draw attention to his connection to the land and the people living in rural environments.

As of now, Belarus has 36 reported cases of the new Coronavirus but given the situation in the European Union, it won’t stay this low for much longer.

Lukashenko’s plea to the farmers to go out in the field could be motivated by other reasons than his concern for their health and safety, but it’s not nearly as potentially dangerous to them as the suggestion that tractors hold some magical power that will keep the virus at bay. Even with recommendations for self-quarantine and social distancing, authorities acknowledge that walks or bike rides outdoors, with no social interaction, are still ok.
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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