2020.05.20 10:23

Coronavirus: Maxima employee diagnosed with Covid-19 in Vilnius

updated 2020.05.20 10:23

Fifteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Tuesday, bringing the country's total to 1,577, the National Public Health Centre said.

Over two-thirds of the infected, 1,049, have already recovered, while 460 are considered active cases.

So far, 60 people have died from Covid-19. Eight more patients who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus died from other causes. On Tuesday, 7,980 people were tested for the coronavirus.

Currently 79 people are hospitalised, including seven in intensive care. "Two [patients require] lung ventilators and 30 use oxygen masks," said Ginreta Megelinskienė from the centre.

Santara clinics: eight workers infected

Meanwhile, eight workers and two patients at Santara Clinics in Vilnius have contracted the coronavirus since May 13, according to the public health centre.

"The situation at Santara Clinics is really causing concern," said Megelinskienė. The two patients are linked to a possible outbreak point at the Thoracic Surgery Department.

The four infected medics work at the Center of Infectious Diseases, while the other four infected workers have been working in other departments, including at the Thoracic Surgery Department.

An investigation is now underway to find out the source of the cases.

"One patient who was admitted to the Thoracic Surgery Department on May 7 and later, on May 18, was brought to the ER where he tested positive for the [novel coronavirus]." Megelinskienė said.

Staff members and patients of the Thoracic Surgery Department and the ICU are undergoing tests.

Maxima employee diagnosed with Covid-19

An employee of a Maxima supermarket in Vilnius was confirmed to have the coronavirus on Wednesday, the company said in a statement.

The female employee has been in self-isolation since May 10 after someone in her close environment was diagnosed with the disease, Maxima said.

She was employed at the chain's supermarket on Keramikų street. One co-worker, with whom she had a close contact, has been instructed to self-isolate.

Maxima spokeswoman Ernesta Dapkienė said the employee was first tested on May 11, but the result was negative. The repeated test, performed a week later, came back positive.

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