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Lithuania introduces local lockdown in Raseiniai District for 2 weeks

BC, Vilnius, 07.10.2020.Print version
The Lithuanian government on Wednesday, October 7th, decided to introduce a local lockdown in Raseiniai District, Western Lithuania, for two weeks, starting from Friday, October 9, informs LETA/BNS.

The measures applied by the district's local authority until now, i.e. the requirement to wear facemasks, to work and study from home, etc., will now be complemented by a midnight curfew for public catering and entertainment venues and restrictions on the number of people in shops.

The lockdown regime will be introduced from Friday midnight and will continue until the midnight of October 23.

The proposal to introduce the lockdown had been put forward in view of the rapid spread of coronavirus in the district, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said at the government’s meeting adding that the COVID-19 incidence in the district reached 1,108 cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, which also saw the deaths of four infected persons, 17 outbreaks in various establishments and companies as well as 25 outbreaks in households.

The minister also expressed concern over the unwillingness of the district’s residents to test for coronavirus.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, in his turn, called on the local authority of Raseiniai District to encourage people to take tests and warned that government might otherwise restrict movement from the municipality in the near time.

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