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2020.11.20 09:22

Coronavirus: Lithuania hits new daily record with 2,272 cases

BNS, LRT.lt, LRT RADIJAS2020.11.20 09:22

According to figures specified by the Health Ministry, Lithuania registered a record 2,272 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

Moreover, 16 people died from the disease over the last day. Three people were in their 50s, while the rest were older. The Health Ministry did not disclose any more details.

Many of the newly diagnosed cases are linked to outbreaks in the country's hospitals. Twenty-two infections were diagnosed at Padvariai Social Care Home in the western district of Kretinga, a new coronavirus cluster in the country.

Another new cluster of infections is the Lithuanian parliament where a number of MPs have tested positive for the coronavirus, including Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen. Public health officials from the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) are to investigate the site on Friday.

The number of daily new cases had doubled on Wednesday from under a thousand a day before to 1,935. On Thursday, Lithuania registered 1,680 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

Although the number of daily new cases has risen this week, the death rate remains the same, according to professor Mindaugas Stankūnas.

“The death rate in the world varies from 0.5 percent to even 25 percent. Lithuania, in comparison, has a very low death rate,” he told LRT RADIO on Friday.

As of Friday, 357 people have died of Covid-19.

Most deaths took place in Kaunas, 38, followed by 37 in Vilnius, 26 in Klaipėda, 19 in Raseiniai, and 19 in Marijampolė.

According to the professor, the effect of the quarantine should be felt next week, but the most optimistic scenario did not materialise – the number of infections remains high.

There are currently 31,759 active cases of the coronavirus in the country. Over 1,500 of them have been hospitalised, 117 patients are in intensive care.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lithuania has confirmed 42,757 cases of Covid-19. Of them, 10,498 have recovered.

Some 2,476 medics infected with coronavirus

"Some 2,476 medics are now ill. A total of 3,121 cases [of Covid-19] involving healthcare specialists were recorded in September–November," according to Greta Gargasiene from the National Public Health Centre (NVSC).

A total of 3,540 medics have been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, she told reporters on Friday.