2020.04.14 09:10

Coronavirus: 1,070 confirmed cases in Lithuania, 2 new deaths

BNS 2020.04.14 09:10

Lithuania's coronavirus count has increased to 1,070 after eight new cases were confirmed over Monday, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday morning.

Lithuania reported two coronavirus deaths on Tuesday.

The first patient died at Kaunas Clinics. The woman was from the southern town of Marijampolė and was in the risk group, the Health Ministry told BNS, meaning she was of an advanced age or had chronic health conditions.

The second victim was a 49-year-old man treated at Santara Clinics in Vilnius. He may be the youngest coronavirus fatality in Lithuania yet.

In all, 26 people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the country.

Nine coronavirus-infected patients in Lithuania have been put on ventilators as they need mechanical lung ventilation, the country's Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Tuesday.

“We had 14 patients in a grave condition in intensive care, and nine of them needed mechanical lung ventilations. Another 38 patients needed oxygen therapy outisde intensive care,” Veryga told a press conference on Tuesday, adding that figures “are slowly improving”.

To date, 101 people with Covid-19 have been confirmed to have recovered. These include 15 health professionals and a pharmacist, according to the National Public Health Centre.

A total of 42,690 Covid-19 tests have been carried out in Lithuania so far, including 1,187 on Monday.

Health specialists say the small number of diagnosed infections has to do with the Easter weekend, as the country's labs received three times fewer tests than usual.