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2020.04.28 12:07

Lithuania makes breaking self-isolation rules a criminal offence

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LRT.lt2020.04.28 12:07

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, passed law amendments on Tuesday criminalising the breaking of self-isolation rules, punishable by up to a year in prison.

People who have been informed about having an infectious disease, about the necessary protective measures, but who continued to be in touch with other people, thereby causing a risk of infection to others, can now face criminal liability.

Therefore, if people diagnosed with Covid-19 break self-isolation and quarantine rules, they will now face up to a year in prison.

One MP abstained, 70 voted in favour, and no lawmakers opposed the changes. However, the parliamentary opposition boycotted the vote on Tuesday, claiming it would be difficult to bring charges due to the legal wording of the amendments.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda still needs to approve the bill.

On April 7, a woman infected with the novel coronavirus left Santara Clinics in Vilnius. She was found at her home less than an hour later. She used public transport to head home, thus causing a danger to the public, according to the prosecutors.

The woman now faces criminal charges.

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