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2020.03.24 19:00

Half of coronavirus patients in Lithuania are young people

BNS2020.03.24 19:00

Half of more than 200 people in Lithunaia infected with the coronavirus are young people, and ten people have contracted the virus from relatives upon their return from abroad, the National Public Health Centre said on Tuesday.

"A majority of those infected, over 50 percent, are young people with their age ranging from 20 to 40 years. Every person has quite a number of contacts," Daiva Razmuviene, an epidemiologist at the centre, told reporters.

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"There are some 10-13 people who were infected here, not abroad," Razmuvienė said, adding that the majority of imported cases came from the United Kingdom.

Razmuvienė also said 12 were confimed to be infected, and several hundred of their colleagues are now in quarantine.

According to Razmuvienė, medics are now working in groups, so if a person is infected, the group can be isolated and another one brought in as substitute.

The epidemiologist also welcomed the decision to place people under mandatory quarantine as of Tuesday and called it "the right decision". Voluntary self-isolation didn’t work as people failed to comply, she added.

The expert also said people should wear medical or homemade masks.

In all, 203 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania as of Tuesady afternoon. One woman died after contracting the virus. There are also infections among medics and NATO troops.