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Covid-19: Lithuanian govt to decide on quarantine extension, stricter penalties for flouters

BC, Vilnius , 25.03.2020.Print version
The Lithuanian government should on Wednesday decide on the extension of the existing quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and also on stricter penalties for those failing to comply with quarantine requirements, reported LETA/BNS.

The existing quarantine should be in force until March 30, and it might be extended for several months to a month.

Movement to and from Lithuania is restricted during the quarantine, people's gatherings are banned, and cafes and the majority of shops are closed.

Ministers are also set to discuss ways to bolster the activity of the emergency operations center led by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga.

The government will also discuss legal amendments for tougher penalties for people flouting the quarantine regime. Under the bill, people who have returned from abroad and failed to self-isolate would face criminal liability, and the police could issue fines for minor offences.

Some criminologists, however, say tougher penalties only amount to imitating the solution of problems.

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