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2020.03.24 14:00

Coronavirus in Baltics: 369 confirmed cases in Estonia, 197 in Latvia, 187 in Lithuania

BNS 2020.03.24 14:00

The three Baltic states had confirmed a total of 753 cases of the novel coronavirus infection by Tuesday noon, based on the latest figures from official institutions collected by BNS.

Lithuania: 187 cases confirmed; 2,734 people tested; one death.

Latest: The government announced on Tuesday that all returnees will be placed in a 14-day isolation at municipal accommodation. The proposal to also place those diagnosed with Covid-19 and displaying only "mild symptoms" in municipal facilities has come under criticism.

The Lithuanian authorities are also criticised for testing fewer people than in the neighbouring Baltic countries.

Latvia: 197 cases confirmed; 6,806 people tested.

Latest: Frontline medical staff will receive pay raises, the Latvian public broadcaster LSM reported on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a team of scientists and engineers at Riga Technical University (RTU) Design Factory created a prototype for a mechanical lung ventilator.

Estonia: 369 cases confirmed; 4,041 people tested.

Latest: The Estonian public broadcaster, ERR News, said on Monday "the majority of cases have been diagnosed in the 30-49 age category". Estonia has also encountered shortages of protective equipment, similarly to Lithuania. A plane carrying protective equipment that will last for two weeks should arrive later this week, ERR News quoted the public administration minister, Jaak Aab.