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Lithuania's COVID-19 committee to decide on measures as coronavirus cases grow

BC, Vilnius, 21.09.2020.Print version
As the number of new coronavirus cases jumped over the weekend, Lithuania's COVID-19 management committee will meet to decide on measures to contain the spread of the virus, LETA/BNS informed.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Facebook that the meeting would take "new targeted solutions that would allow slowing the pace of the virus spread without halting life inside the country".

The prime minister says he understands that the new reality of living with the virus is difficult for people but only "public awareness while saving oneself and people around you is the most effective measure", until a vaccine is created.

"Almost 100 new infections over 24 hours is definitely too much. Too much. But I would like to calm everyone down and remind you that we are ready and know what we have to do," the prime minister said.

A record number of new infections, 99, was recorded in Lithuania last Saturday, compared to the previous daily record of 90 during the peak of the epidemic in April. A total of 179 new cases have been confirmed over the past weekend.

The biggest coronavirus hotspot is now at a hospital in the northern city of Radviliskis. The National Public Health Center said on Sunday a total of 57 coronavirus cases were related to this hotspot.

The municipal emergency situation commission in Radviliskis decided on Saturday to send 5-12-graders to continue their education remotely, halt non-formal education and cancel events as of Monday. A mobile COVID-19 post will also be set up in the city.

Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has ordered the local authorities to create conditions for everyone willing resident of Radvilskis District to have a coronavirus test done.

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