2020.11.23 16:00

Entire liberal group in Lithuanian parliament placed in self-isolation

BNS2020.11.23 16:00

On Monday, the Liberal Movement political group in the Lithuanian parliament said that all of its members are currently self-isolating after coming into contact with a coronavirus-infected person.

The group, which is part of the country’s new ruling coalition, said its members were notified by the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) that they had been in contact with an infected person and were required to self-isolate. They plan to work remotely.

Eugenijus Gentvilas, the group’s leader, said MPs hoped to get tested for the coronavirus and return to work in the parliament if their results were negative.

"Regular testing would help show a more realistic threat but, unfortunately, we were not allowed to undergo additional tests at the Seimas,” said Gentvilas.

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“Over the weekend, my colleague Ričardas Juška and I went to mobile testing points to get tests. His test came back negative and I am still waiting for mine,” Gentvilas said.

Under Lithuania’s rules, people who have been in contact with an infected person need to self-isolate for at least 10 days even if their test come back negative. However, the country's top level officials, including President Gitanas Nausėda, have previously been allowed to end self-isolation after testing negative for Covid-19.

After MP Jonas Varkalys from the Liberal Movement tested positive for Covid-19 last week, other members of the party, including Viktorija Čmilyte-Nielsen and Viktoras Pranckietis, also tested positive for the coronavirus.

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