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What coronavirus? Fans pack stadium to watch Minsk derby as Belarus remains lone league riding out Covid-19 storm

Added 03-29-20 07:37:03am EST - “Football in Belarus has continued its lone defiance in the face of the Covid-19 threat as the league schedule went ahead as planned this weekend, including thousands of fans packing the stands for the Minsk derby.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “What coronavirus? Fans pack stadium to watch Minsk derby as Belarus remains lone league riding out Covid-19 storm”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Belarus remains the sole country in Europe yet to cancel mass public gatherings in a bid to fight the spread of the virus, with the Belarusian Premier League kicking off as planned earlier this month in direct contrast to practically every other major football competition in the world. 

With the global sporting calendar decimated by measures designed to mitigate the public health crisis, Belarus football fans nonetheless flocked to this weekend's capital derby between FC Minsk and Dinamo Minsk.

The game, which took place at FC Minsk Stadium, was played before a crowd of around 3,000 people, rendering the concept of social distancing an impossibility.

Some supporters were apparently aware of the potential dangers and wore medical masks, but the majority of fans seemed unaware of any risk.

To date, Belarus has a relatively low rate of Covid-19 cases. The first case was confirmed on February 28 with an additional 93 cases being reported in the month following. 

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