2020.09.16 10:33

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 45 new cases, 32 schools affected

LRT.lt2020.09.16 10:33

Forty-five new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Tuesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Wednesday morning.

Four people got diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from abroad: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and the UK.

Three of the new cases are linked to Gabija Progymnasium in Vilnius. So far, 12 infections were diagnosed in the school. In response, some of the classes were moved online.

One infection in Raseiniai, western Lithuania, is linked to the local police station, another cluster with 18 known cases so far.

One more case was confirmed in Raseiniai Hospital. The first infection in the same hospital was confirmed last Sunday.

A case in Kaunas has been linked to a student dormitory of Kaunas University of Technology, where two more infections had been confirmed earlier. Up to 32 people may have been in contact with the infected people.

One case in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, has been linked to a known cluster in a garment factory that now accounts for 40 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Sixteen cases could not be traced to any known sources, according to the NVSC. One is an employee at a school in Panevėžys, northern Lithuania. The person has not been in direct contact with students, the NVSC said.

In all, Lithuania has confirmed 3,442 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Of them, 1,216 are active cases, while 2,125 people have already recovered.

So far, 87 people have died from Covid-19 in the country.

Currently, 7,952 people are in isolation. They include confirmed cases, their close contacts and travelers subject to self-quarantine rules.

32 schools affected

The spread of the coronavirus among Lithuania's school students and teachers is below 1 percent, Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius has said, and only one school in the country has fully switched to remote teaching.

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in 32 schools in Lithuania so far, the minister said during a remote sitting of the parliamentary Committee on Education and Science on Wednesday.

“The infection is not very widely spread, currently accounts for under 1 percent of the total teacher and student population,” he said.

In all, 48 people in the school system have been diagnosed with the virus, Monkevičius said: 38 students, six teachers and several other staff members.

There are 1,850 schools in Lithuania, 450,000 school-age students and 45,000 teachers.

The education minister said the majority of schools with confirmed coronavirus cases were teaching both in classes and remotely.

Many schools, especially bigger ones, have scheduled classes in two shifts. In some, students rotate between live and remote teaching every week or two so that fewer people are physically at school at any given moment, Monkevičius said.