2020.05.04 16:00

Quarantine in Lithuania likely to be extended, though with fewer restrictions – minister

BNS 2020.05.04 16:00

The quarantine introduced in Lithuania due to the coronavirus epidemic will remain in place for now, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says, adding that he will propose to the government to extend the measure for another fortnight.

“As far as the quarantine is concerned, there are no plans to lift it completely yet. I think the government will discuss further terms on Wednesday,” he said at a news conference on Monday.

Introduced on March 16, Lithuania's nationwide quarantine has been extended several times and will now expire on May 11.

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If the measure were extended again, Veryga said it would be for another two weeks.

However, the restrictions imposed on businesses and public life have been gradually eased, the minister noted, and may be loosened further still.

The government will discuss extending the quarantine on Wednesday.

The quarantine is a necessary measure to contain the virus, “which has until now been done successfully”, according to Veryga.

Restrictions may be tightened again, Veryga admitted, if the virus starts spreading again.

“If we call it [the quarantine] off, we will no longer have all those tools and will simply be unable to either adopt or comply with many measures. Therefore I think that the quarantine will continue,” the minister said.