News2020.04.01 09:26

Coronavirus: 581 confirmed cases in Lithuania, over 100 medical workers

updated 2020.04.01 09:26

Forty-four new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday morning, bringing the country's total Covid-9 count to 581.

The Ministry of Health said that 1,849 people were tested for the infection over Tuesday, 12,574 since the beginning of the epidemic.

So far, eight people have died from the coronavirus in Lithuania and seven recoveries have been reported.

Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Wednesday that 108 patients were treated in hospitals, eight of them in intensive care.

“We have 108 patients in hospitals, including eight in intensive care and three cases with artificial lung ventilation. So we have 11 serious cases and 28 cases with oxygen [therapy] that are not very serious,” he told a press conference.

108 medical workers infected

A total of 108 medical workers in Lithuania have tested positive for the coronavirus so far, the National Public Health Centre said on Wednesday afternoon.

“At the moment, there are 108 medical workers – doctors, nurses and assistant nurses,” Daiva Razmuvienė, the centre's epidemiologist, told BNS.

Thirty-nine of them are in Vilnius County, 31 in Klaipėda County, 10 in Kaunas County, and three in Panevėžys County.

The National Public Health Centre also said about 25 infected healthcare workers were in the central town of Ukmergė, but the number may increase after the results of all tests are in.

Darius Varnas, the municipal administration director of Ukmergė District, told BNS on Wednesday that all medical staff at the local hospital had been swabbed for Covid-19, but the results of almost 50 tests were not yet available.

“Over 50 working medical staff were tested and all the results came back negative,” he said. “Samples have also been taken from all 282 medical personnel who are in isolation. We are still waiting for the results of around 50 tests.”

Ukmergė Hospital has been closed except for its nursing unit which currently has around 80 patients.

Varnas expects that the situation in the hospital will improve next week when “a lot of doctors” return to work after self-isolation.

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