2021.01.06 10:30

Coronavirus: Lithuania records 2,717 new cases, could be ‘past the peak’

BNS2021.01.06 10:30

Lithuania has registered 2,717 new coronavirus infections and another 27 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country's statistics office said on Wednesday morning.

However, there is some confusion about the number of deaths, as 13 more Covid-19 fatalities were registered on Tuesday, even though the people passed away before that date.

Meanwhile 2,091 people were confirmed as having recovered from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 152,215 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. The country currently has 65,712 active cases and 83,837 recoveries.

The coronavirus-related death toll has now reached 2,036.

At the moment, 2,412 coronavirus patients are being treated in Lithuanian hospitals, including 206 in intensive care, according to the statistics office.

Lithuania tested 15,330 people for the coronavirus over the past 24 hours.

Past the peak?

Lithuania might have passed the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Simonas Krėpšta, a presidential adviser, says.

“There's a possibility that the peak of the pandemic has already passed, but we are still in a complicated situation,” he told journalists on Wednesday after President Gitanas Nausėda had a meeting with health experts.

Krėpšta also underlined that definite conclusions were still too early to draw.

“We had a festive period which brings the additional data noise [...] as we had fewer tests done over the festive weeks and that led to a certain drop in the figures of new infections,” he said.

There is “a long way” before the country can leave the lockdown, he said.

No victory yet

Mindaugas Stankūnas, a professor from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and a member of an expert council advising the president, said there were hopeful indicators.

“The first thing we need to mention is that the lockdown measures have truly significantly reduced mobility of people in Lithuania,” he told reporters.

The government banned non-essential travel between the country's municipalities in mid-December and that reduced people's mobility over the holidays. “That's one of the positive signs showing that our situation can improve,” he said.

Stankūnas also believes that Lithuania will not cross the line of having more than 4,000 new cases per day.

There is also a “slight drop” in the share of positive tests, he said, adding that the virus spread rate is also slowing.

Stankūnas stressed, however, that Lithuania did not beat the virus yet. “I would like to underline very much that we would be greatly mistaken to think these small signs mean we won,” he said.

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