2020.05.21 10:58

Coronavirus: 10th death linked to hotspot hospital, BNS 2020.05.21 10:58

One coronavirus patient passed away in Lithuania on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 61. Sixteen new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the country.

In all, Lithuania has 1,593 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Over two-thirds of the infected, 1,049, have already recovered and 476 are considered active cases.

Lithuania tested 7,425 people for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

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Ten deaths linked to hotspot hospital

Lithuania's latest coronavirus fatality was a patient of Vilnius City Clinical Hospital which has become a Covid-19 hotspot, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Thursday.

“The patient was moved to the Santara hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. The person belonged to the 71-80 age group, had underlying health problems, suffered from an oncological disease, and died yesterday,” Ginreta Megelinskienė of the NVSC Vilnius Department told BNS.

In all, ten coronavirus deaths have been linked to Vilnius City Clinical Hospital, located in the Antakalnis area of the capital city.

“Ten deaths have been recorded, but two of them were not caused by Covid-19, although it was diagnosed before death,” she said.

On Wednesday, Vilnius prosecutors launched an investigation into suspected violations of safety regulations at the hospital.

Fourth infection at Vilnius supermarket

An employee at a Rimi supermarket in Vilnius has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

It is the fourth infected employee at the Rimi supermarket in the Žirmūnai area.

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The person works at the food production unit of the supermarket, Rimi Lietuva said. The company decided to close down the unit on Tuesday after three of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the company, none of the infected employees had direct contacts with shoppers.