2020.03.15 15:51

Lithuania confirms 3 coronavirus cases on Sunday, BNS 2020.03.15 15:51

Three new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Lithuania on Sunday, bringing the country's total to 12.

All the three new patients have recently returned from abroad where they are thought to have contracted the disease.

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One of them has been isolated in Klaipėda University Hospital, while two others have been hospitalised in Vilnius Santara Clinics, the Ministry of Health said.

The patient in Klaipėda is a 25-year-old man who returned from Denmark on March 9, said Vinsas Janušonis, the hospital head. His condition is “satisfactory”.

Another man who is thought to have contracted Covid-19 in Denmark was diagnosed on Saturday and is also treated at Klaipėda University Hospital. The two young men worked together, according to Janušonis.

Three coronavirus diagnoses were reported on Saturday.

The first woman to be treated from the coronavirus in Lithuania was diagnosed on February 28. She has recovered and was recently released home.

On Saturday, the Lithuanian government has decided to put the country under quarantine for two weeks. The measures include closing the country's borders to most foreigners, banning Lithuanian citizens from leaving and closing most non-essential shops.

Read more: Lithuania calls nationwide quarantine: shutting non-essential shops and closing border to foreigners

The quarantine comes into effect on Monday and will last until March 30.

Suspected case in ferry from Sweden

It was reported earlier in the day that a Lithuanian was taken from a ferry to a Klaipėda hospital after arriving from Sweden on Sunday. Nine other passengers are waiting for additional health checks.

“Nine people are currently aboard the ship as their temperatures are being measured, and one has been taken to a hospital,” Vaidas Klumbys, a spokesman for the international shipping and logistics company DFDS, told BNS.

All passengers were screened on arrival and a dozen of them were told to stay for additional checks, he said.

Vinsas Janušonis, the director of Klaipėda University Hospital, said they were making preparations to receive the ferry's passengers.

“We have just received information that a ferry from Sweden has arrived, and there are almost 20 passengers with fever and sneezing. We are evacuating our Unit Four to be ready to accommodate them,” he told LRT.

The director said he had no detailed information, but confirmed that most of the passengers were Lithuanian nationals.