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2020.03.21 07:17

Coronavirus: 16 news cases, including doctor at Santaros Clinics

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LRT.lt2020.03.21 07:17

Another 16 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Lithuania on Saturday evening, bringing the country's total to 99, the Health Ministry said.

One of those infected is a pregnant resident doctor at Santaros Clinics in Vilnius, the hospital's general director, Feliksas Jankevičius, confirmed to LRT.lt.

The woman worked at a family medical centre. It has been closed as of Saturday after another member of staff was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Friday.

"Our infectious decease department, where patients diagnosed with Covid-19 are taken, have been wearing special protective equipment since day one," he said.

Although in hindsight, all staff at the Santaros Clinics should have been supplied with protective equipment, he told LRT.lt. All medical workers will be equipped with special protective means as of Monday, he added.

Lithuania reports first coronavirus-related death

A person infected with the new coronavirus has died in Lithuania, the country's Ministry of Health said in the early hours of Saturday. The person was only diagnosed with Covid-19 after death and could have got infected at a hospital.

“It's an elderly person who had chronic diseases,” Justina Petravičienė, a spokeswoman for the ministry, told BNS.

She would not reveal the gender or the exact age of the diseased, but said the person had been treated in Ukmergė Hospital. It is not known how he or she contracted the new coronavirus.

Vice Minister of Health Algirdas Šešelgis said that the deceased was a woman who most likely got infected at the hospital.

“It is an elderly woman who had been treated at Ukmergė Hospital. On March 19, she was discharged, but returned the next day. Unfortunately, we lost her,” Šešelgis told reporters.

The woman was in contact with 160 people, 127 of them are employees of the hospital, he added.

“Specialists are investigating where she could get the virus from,” Šešelgis said.

The patient had not been tested for the coronavirus before her death, according to him. She was admitted to hospital with other pre-existing conditions. “Doctors probably had no reason to suspect that the problems she had had long before were linked to the coronavirus,” he said.

It was reported on Thursday that a doctor in Ukmergė Hospital was diagnosed with Covid-19. The doctor is treated in Vilnius, meanwhile several wards of Ukmergė Hospital have been closed.

Fourteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Saturday afternoon, bringing the country's total to 83.

Nine of the new cases were in Vilnius.