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2020.12.03 18:00

Lithuania third in Europe by coronavirus infections

LRT.lt2020.12.03 18:00

With 2,450 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Lithuania on Thursday, the country is now third in the EU/EEA by coronavirus infection rate, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Over the last two weeks, Lithuania registered 1,011.2 new cases per 100,000 people. Only Luxembourg and Croatia reported more, 1,213.2 and 1,083.5. respectively.

Meanwhile, Latvia had 365.7 new cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days and Estonia had 355.9. Neighbouring Poland reported a higher rate, 634.5.

However, Lithuania is also among the leading nations in terms of testing. Last Friday, it ranked seventh among 31 European Union and European Economic Area countries (and the UK) by tests per 100,000 people.

Read more: Lithuania among leaders in coronavirus testing, but has high mortality – ECDC

In terms of deaths, Lithuania's 14-day count per 100,000 people has been 8.6, putting the country in the 18th spot among 31 EU/EEA countries. Bulgaria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein top the ranking.

Coronavirus infections in Lithuania surged fourfold in November compared to October, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Thursday. A total of 44,818 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed between November 2 and 29, increasing by four times since October and 25 times since September.

Read more: Lithuania registers fourfold surge of Covid-19 cases in November

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