2020.05.06 17:50

Lithuanian government adopts 2-year coronavirus management plan

Jūratė Skėrytė, BNS 2020.05.06 17:50

Targeted testing, healthcare reforms and domestic production of personal protective equipment (PPE) are part of the Lithuanian government's two-year coronavirus management strategy adopted on Wednesday.

Even though Covid-19 infections have been declining, they might shoot up again once quarantine restrictions are lifted, the document says.

Proactive targeted testing is identified as one of the key instruments for the management of the infection.

The plan calls for proactive testing in hospitals, healthcare institutions and nursing homes where “there is the highest risk of infection for people in at-risk groups and medical workers”.

Targeted testing is also envisioned in places with high concentration of people, such as shops, pharmacies and schools.

“The authorities will work out specific criteria for selecting target groups or venues for proactive testing,” the document says.

The authorities will also carry out random testing across the country and in individual regions.

The strategy document includes plans to devise a special category of health services for people who had Covid-19 and may suffer from after-effects.

It also calls for efforts to build up PPE production capacity in Lithuania.

“A special focus will be on the production of personal protective equipment in the domestic market and creating a licensing mechanism for it,” according to the document.

The government foresees classifying the population into three groups depending on vulnerability to the coronavirus: high-risk, medium-risk and low-risk. People in the higher-risk groups would be subject to tougher protection measures.

The document makes no mention on what these measures will be, however.