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2020.09.28 16:50

Eighty-four schools in Lithuania affected by coronavirus

Augustas Stankevičius, BNS2020.09.28 16:50

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed at 84 schools in Lithuania since the start of the academic year on September 1, Daiva Razmuvienė of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) said on Monday.

“One hundred and eighty-one cases have been recorded at educational institutions, including 111 schoolchildren, 55 teachers and 15 persons not involved in the education process, and, as a result, 1,701 people have been isolated. The figures are still being checked and may change,” she said.

Additionally, 126 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with the virus since September 1, according to Razmuvienė, a significant increase from the 27 cases in August.

“Of course, they [infection cases] are properly handled, are specific and clear,” she said.

Most of the new coronavirus cases among medical staff have been linked to two hospitals in Radviliškis and Šiauliai, 42 and 20 cases, respectively, she added.

Since the start of the pandemic in February, 545 medics in Lithuania have been diagnosed with Covid-19, according to Razmuvienė.

The NPHC estimates that coronavirus has been diagnosed to approximately 1,500 people since the beginning of September.

Razmuviene also noted a continuous decrease in the number of coronavirus cases contracted abroad.

“In July, imported cases accounted for 26 percent of all cases, in August – for 11 percent, and in September – for 6 percent. Holidays are over,” she added.

Lithuania confirmed 105 new coronavirus infections over Sunday and one death, bringing the total count to 4,490, the Health Ministry said on Monday morning.

The country currently has 2,052 active cases and 2,327 recoveries.

Ninety-two people have died of COVID-19 so far, and another 19 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes.