2020.07.16 10:07

Coronavirus: 8 Lithuanian border guards self-isolate after migrant tests positive

updated; 6 new cases in Lithuania
BNS2020.07.16 10:07

Eight Lithuanian border guards have to go into self-isolation after an Afghan migrant detained at the border with Belarus has tested positive for Covid-19, the State Border Guard Service said on Thursday.

Three men and a woman were detained near Vilėkai, a village in the district of Ignalina, last Friday and got tested for the coronavirus. One of the test results came back positive, according to a press release.

The eight border guards wore protective gear both during the detention operation in Vilėkai and in the detention centre in the town of Ignalina. Nevertheless, they will be tested for Covid-19 and will have to self-isolate.

The migrants applied for temporary asylum in Lithuania. Border Guard Service has launched an investigation and the Migration Department is processing their applications.

The detained foreign nationals have been isolated in Ignalina.

The other three detainees had Iraqi passports. Their tests came back negative, according to the press release.

Six new cases of Covid-19

Six new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,902, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday

Some 217 people are considered active cases, 1,593 have recovered, and 107 are in isolation.

Seventy-nine people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far, and another 12 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes.

Lithuania has since June 1 registered 67 cases of coronavirus infection contracted abroad.

A total of 472,804 tests for Covid-19 have been carried out in the country so far, including 3,749 in the past 24 hours.