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2020.08.03 17:36

Lithuania could add Poland and Netherlands to travel blacklist

BNS2020.08.03 17:36

Lithuania’s Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius, who is currently substituting for the health minister, said on Monday the country was monitoring the spike in Covid-19 cases in Poland and the Netherlands.

If the coronavirus situation deteriorates, the two countries may be added to Lithuania’s travel blacklist.

"In the morning, I asked specialists from the Health Ministry to provide their conclusions and inform me about the tendencies and indicators that would make us change the list of countries,” Monkevičius told reporters.

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According to the minister, "that indicator, in their opinion, has not been reached yet".

Rolanda Lingienė from the National Public Health Centre said the worsening situation in Poland was causing concern for epidemiologists in Lithuania.

Lithuania's Health Ministry usually updates its list of coronavirus-affected countries on Fridays and includes countries where the coronavirus infection rate has exceeded 16 cases per population of 100,000 over the past two weeks.

Over 500 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Poland over the past 24 hours. Based on information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Polish coronavirus morbidity rate now stands at 17.9. It stood at 15.7 last Friday, therefore, both Lithuanians and foreigners can still come to Lithuania from Poland without any restrictions.

The Netherlands has reported similar figures, bringing the country's infection rate to 19.2 percent, compared to 15.1 last Friday.

Based on figures from the ECDC, Lithuania's morbidity rate now stands at 6.4 per 100,000 people.