2020.10.16 10:22

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports another daily record of 281 new cases

LRT.lt2020.10.16 10:22

With 281 new coronavirus infections confirmed over Thursday, Lithuania reports the sharpest daily increase for the second day in a row.

Moreover, two people died of Covid-19 on Thursday.

One of them, in Šiauliai County, was in their 80s and was diagnosed with the virus on September 24.

Another one, in their 70s, was diagnosed on September 28. Both had chronic health conditions.

Eighty-three new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kaunas County, 35 of them in Blinsturbiškiai Social Care Home in Raseiniai District. So far, 145 cases have been confirmed in this cluster.

Sixty-nine cases confirmed on Thursday were reported in Vilnius County.

Lithuania's total coronavirus count is currently 7,041 cases, the Health Ministry said, with the overall virus death toll of 112.

The country currently has 3,862 active coronavirus cases and 3,035 recoveries.

A total of 34,269 people are currently in isolation.

Lithuanian hospitals are treating 199 coronavirus patients, 19 of them in intensive care, according to the Health Ministry. Eighty of them are given oxygen, nine are put on lung ventilators.

Rolanda Lingienė, of the National Public Health Centre (NVSC), told LRT TV that the numbers are likely to increase even more.

“We will probably have many more ‘records’ in the near future, I don't see any reason why we wouldn't,” she said.

The infection is spreading in communities, facilitated by autumn weather. “We are living active social lives and have returned indoors,” Lingienė said.

Lavydas Laiškonis, an infectologist at the Lithuanian Health Sciences University, told LRT RADIO that the country would not avoid imposing some sort of restrictions on public life.

While Lithuania's healthcare system is not yet stretched to capacity, it might very well be if infections keep growing, he said.

“At the moment, 30–40 percent of [intensive care] hospital beds are filled. If we have 70–80 percent of them filled with serious patients, the situation will be dangerous, we'll need to take tough measures,” according to Laiškonis.