2020.03.10 10:57

Coronavirus: Lithuania's first patient tests positive after week of treatment

LRT.lt2020.03.10 10:57

Lithuania's first and so far only confirmed coronavirus patient tested positive again after more than a week in hospital.

The woman with mild symptoms has been treated in a hospital in Šiauliai since having been diagnosed with the virus on February 28, but still tested positive on Monday.

Remigijus Mažeika, the director of Šiauliai Hospital, told LRT TV on Monday that the woman was to be released for home treatment, but decided to stay hospitalised until fully recovered.

In all, the National Public Health Laboratory tested 15 samples on Monday. All besides the Šiauliai patient's came negative.

The woman was diagnosed with the coronavirus on February 28, after returning from a trip to Verona in northern Italy.

According to the Ministry of Health, 275 samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Lithuania as of Tuesday morning.

Moreover, 5,567 people who have travelled to regions affected by the coronavirus are under observation.

Globally, over 114,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed and over 4,000 fatalities.

With over 9,000 confirmed cases, Italy has overtaken South Korea as the country with the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside of China.

Estonia has so far 10 confirmed cases while Latvia has reported six.

Churches giving up holy water

Meanwhile churches in Lithuania have decided to remove holy water due to the coronavirus risk, and also recommend people not to kiss crosses and other relics.

“Holy water, used generally, has been removed. That's been done not to create conditions for the [Covid-19] virus to spread. And all forms of piety that could contribute to the spread of the infection have also been temporarily renounced,” Kęstutis Smilgevičius, secretary general of the Lithuanian Bishops' Conference, told a press conference on Tuesday.

“We advise against kissing the cross, which is a tradition in some places, and also not to kiss relics,” the father said.

Churches and parishes in Lithuania should also provide information to parishioners on how to avoid infections and also create conditions to wash hands, he said.

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