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2021.01.21 10:30

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 1,274 new cases, is ‘past the second peak’

BNS, LRT.lt2021.01.21 10:30

Lithuania registered 1,274 new coronavirus infections and 32 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country's statistics office said on Thursday morning.

A total of 2,581 people were confirmed as having recovered from the virus during the same period.

The coronavirus-related death toll now stands at 2,554, including eight earlier fatalities added to the tally on Thursday.

Overall, 173,819 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. The country currently has 56,599 active cases and 113,364 recoveries.

As of Thursday morning, 56,358 people in Lithuania have received their first coronavirus vaccine shots and 8,262 have been given the second jab.

A total of 1,840,329 tests for the coronavirus have been carried out in the country so far, including 10,106 over the past 24 hours.

Past the second peak

Lithuania is already past the peak of the second coronavirus wave, President Gitanas Nausėda's chief economic adviser said on Thursday.

“We can now say with more confidence that the second wave is past its peak and the situation is improving, but if we look at how many people still have the virus, the situation is not what it was in August or September,” Simonas Krėpšta told LRT RADIO. “We must be very cautious in easing the restrictions and do it at a very slow pace.”

“We saw the first signs a few weeks ago that the pandemic had hit its peak at the turn of the year,” he said. “We basically have four weeks of decline in the number of cases, and this week does not seem to have reversed the good trend.”