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Restrictions on movement between municipalities will be lifted in Lithuania / Article / LSM.lv


Although the epidemiological situation in Lithuania is not improving, restrictions on movement between municipalities will be lifted from Wednesday, Lithuanian Health Minister Arūnas Duļķis announced.

Restrictions on movement imposed on Lithuania until 6 April due to Covid-19 will no longer be extended, and free movement will be allowed again throughout the country from midnight.

The government will decide on quarantine

At the same time, the Minister has acknowledged that the epidemiological situation in the country is not improving at all, it may soon become critical again, however, Duļķis has indicated that the restrictions have done their thing and the opportunities provided by them have been exhausted.

“Free movement can resume from midnight, regardless of the situation in some municipalities,” the minister told reporters.

Restrictions on movement between municipalities in Lithuania were introduced in mid-December, but from 16 March only remained in the municipalities with the worst epidemiological situation. However, a week before the Easter holidays, the government decided to restore them throughout the country by April 6, given that the morbidity has started to rise again. Meanwhile, the quarantine introduced on 7 November last year is currently in force until 30 April, and the Lithuanian government is preparing to decide on Wednesday on possible changes to the current regime.

“Only a little more than 1,700 cars moved over the weekend for no good reason. This is really a relatively small number. This means that people were ready and moved for really justifiable reasons,” says Lithuanian Police Deputy Commissioner General Arūnas Paļauskis.

Looking forward to public awareness

Muddy thanked everyone who refrained from minor trips during Easter and said that in the future, the pandemic would be curbed through more extensive testing and vaccination, while hoping for public awareness.

“Obviously, the movement restrictions have done their job in helping Lithuania break the record when we were first in Europe, and now they have exhausted their potential.

We now see that most infections are either in education or in manufacturing companies, and the virus is largely transmitted because [netiek ievēroti ierobežojumi attiecībā uz] contacts between households, personal contact, wearing masks, “explained the Minister.

At the same time, he warned that the number of newly diagnosed infections and the proportion of positive tests are still growing in the country, especially among people who go to test for symptoms.

According to the minister, this is a “very serious signal”, so it is important to check everyone, because it is one way to reduce the spread of the virus.

The number of patients is increasing

The fact that almost 1,000 Covid-19 patients are already being treated in Lithuanian hospitals is also worrying. The most complicated situation has developed in Vilnius, where the number of patients admitted to hospitals has increased by more than 30% during the week, the situation is also deteriorating in Kaunas.

According to the Minister of Health, continuing the current trends, within seven to ten days, the whole of Lithuania can enter the so-called black zone according to two criteria, according to which the epidemiological situation in local governments is assessed. This zone includes those municipalities where the 14-day cumulative number of infections per 100,000 population exceeds 500 and the proportion of positive tests in seven days is more than 10%.

During the past 24 hours, 686 cases of infection have been registered in Lithuania, six people have died with Covid-19. The proportion of positive tests in Lithuania was 12.5%, but the 14-day cumulative number of infections per 100,000 population, according to the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, is 382.3.

During the Easter holidays in Lithuania, those who are not on the list of current priority groups could also receive pots against Covid-19. Thus, the Lithuanian government hopes to make the vaccination process smoother.

The Lithuanian government has decided to vaccinate employees of large companies who are not on the current priority list with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Also during the Easter holidays, young people who will graduate from high school this year, teachers and other educators, as well as everyone who is preparing for business trips abroad, from athletes to diplomats, were able to receive vaccinations. This is due to the fact that some elderly people and others in the priority groups have refused to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca and are waiting to receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Approximately 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca are now given to others who would otherwise be invited to be vaccinated later.

“As the opportunity arises, you have to go vaccinate. There is no doubt about that. I didn’t even think to miss this opportunity,” says sommelier Armin Darashevich.

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