News2020.04.01 17:22

Lithuania bans exports of protective medical gear to non-EU countries

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS 2020.04.01 17:22

The Lithuanian government has decided to ban exports of medical protective gear to non-European Union countries.

Under the government's resolution on Wednesday, the export of goggles and visors, face shields, mouth and nose protection products, protective clothing and gloves is not allowed unless authorised by the health minister.

“The exports of personal protective equipment [...] to third countries shall be permitted only by decision of the head of the State Emergency Operations Centre,” the document reads.

Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, who heads the centre, told the Cabinet that the restrictions were necessary to “protect the vital interests” of the population amid a recent surge in demand for personal protective gear.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told reporters after the Cabinet's meeting that the ban “concerns third countries [and] there are no restrictions in the European Union”.

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