2020.02.12 16:55

Lithuania 'ready' to offer humanitarian aid to China

BNS 2020.02.12 16:55

Lithuania is ready to offer aid and work more closely with China to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has offered assistance in his letter to his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.

“Let me express our solidarity with the Chinese people, medical workers and frontline fighters in their relentless efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak,” Skvernelis said in the letter.

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“We have been closely following the developments related with the spread of this new virus that crosses national borders and we very much hope that it will be contained in the near future,” he added.

Lithuania “stands ready to offer humanitarian aid” to China, Skvernelis assured in the letter.

More than 1,100 people have already died from the new coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19 by the World Health Organization, and infected over 44,000 in China.

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No infections have been reported in Lithuania so far. The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has advised people against travelling to China.

Specialists from the National Public Health Centre have been on standby at the Lithuania's three international airports.