News2020.01.27 14:36

Coronavirus: health specialists on standby at Lithuanian airports

BNS 2020.01.27 14:36

Lithuanian health specialists will consult people arriving from China and have been on standby at Lithuania's three airports since Saturday.

"We have no registered or suspected [coronavirus] cases in Lithuania but we are taking temporary risk management measures ahead of the Chinese New Year," Rolanda Lingienė, director of the National Public Health Centre's Vilnius Department, said on Saturday.

The centre's specialists are consulting passengers at Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga Airports and will provide information on the coronavirus.

Four passengers who have recently visited China were checked at Lithuanian airports on Saturday and Sunday. However, they did not visit the affected regions in China and were deemed helathy.

Lithuanians advised against travelling to China

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry advises Lithuanian citizens against travelling to China until the spread of the coronavirus has been contained.

The Foreign Ministry recommends that citizens temporarily refrain from travelling to China, Rasa Jakilaitienė, the foreign minister's spokeswoman, told BNS on Monday.

Currently, there are about 300 Lithuanian citizens in China, according to the ministry.

The ministry urged all Lithuanians who are now in the Asian country to register in its travel registration system at

Eleven travelers to China have been tested for the virus upon their arrival in Vilnius Airport since Saturday. The authorities will provide training for personnel at Lithuania's airports.

According to Jakilaitienė, the ministry has no information about Lithuanian citizens in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

"Nobody has contacted the embassy for assistance in connection with the virus," she said

Around 2,700 people have contracted the virus and the death toll has risen to at least 80, according to the official count.

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