2020.12.01 10:49

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 1,187 new cases, health experts note ‘slowdown’

BNS, LRT.lt2020.12.01 10:49

Lithuania has registered 1,187 new coronavirus infections and another 19 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country's statistics office reported on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile 734 more people were confirmed to have recovered from Covid-19.

A total of 62,515 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. The country currently has 46,665 active cases and 15,770 recoveries.

The coronavirus death toll has reached 519, while 254 infected people have died of other causes.

On Monday, 7,476 people were tested for the coronavirus in the country.

‘Slowdown’ in infection spread

The Council of Health Experts, an advisory body appointed by the president, said on Tuesday that while the spread of the coronavirus seemed to be slowing down, the country needed stricter targeted measures in order to get it under control.

“In order for the situation to change and the number of infections to significantly drop, we may need additional measures, to review quarantine restrictions in the most high-risk areas,” said Simonas Krėpšta, an adviser to President Gitanas Nausėda, after the council's meeting.

One of its members, Vaidotas Zemlys-Balevičius, said the areas to be targeted included family gatherings and educational institutions.

“Our recommendations for tightening the quarantine are to look into workplaces and high-risk zones,” he added.

He said Lithuania may not have yet passed the peak of infections. “We see a slowdown [of infection spread] at the moment and it is up to us whether it will recede or go up,” he said.

According to Zemlys-Balevičius, the government was too slow to introduce the nationwide quarantine in early-November.

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