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2020.03.24 17:30

Eight NATO troops in Lithuania test positive for Covid-19

BNS 2020.03.24 17:30

Eight soldiers from the international NATO battalion deployed in Lithuania tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

"Up until now, eight troops have tested positive. The first case was confirmed over the weekend and another seven were confirmed on Tuesday," Vita Ramanauskaitė, an adviser to the defence minister, told BNS.

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She could not provide more details on the soldiers' nationality. The German-led NATO battalion, part of the Alliance's Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP), includes units from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway.

The battalion has been deployed to Lithuania in February 2017 in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine and its military activity in the region.

A Dutch soldier who fell sick over the weekend, and another four Dutch troops with suspected coronavirus symptoms, were flown to the Netherlands.