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2020.08.10 13:25

No business lockdowns during second coronavirus wave, Lithuanian PM assures

BNS2020.08.10 13:25

Lithuania's economy or its sections will not be put on hold if a second coronavirus wave strikes, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday.

“Let me state it clearly that we definitely are not planning to stop the entire economy or individual sectors to take a second [Covid-19] wave under control,” the prime minister posted on Facebook.

Instead, the virus management strategy will include “proper use of masks, disinfection, safe distances and other measures we have planned”, according to Skvernelis.

“We will monitor epidemiological indicators and, if necessary, make decisions in individual municipalities and sectors. Naturally, if the situation changes dramatically and it is really necessary, restrictions will be possible, but I hope we won’t need them,” the prime minister posted.

The growing number of coronavirus infections is causing concern, Skvernelis said, calling on people to take the situation seriously and stick to recommendation, wear PPE properly and comply with hygiene rules.

Skvernelis also urged people to avoid big gatherings, festivities and other events.

Thirteen new coronavirus cases were reported in Lithuania on Monday, bringing the country's total count to 2,265, the Health Ministry said.

Lithuania currently has 501 active cases and 1,670 recoveries.

Eighty-one people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far.