2021.02.25 11:19

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 538 cases, progress ‘stalling’

BNS2021.02.25 11:19

Lithuania has registered 538 new coronavirus infections and six deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country's statistics office said on Thursday morning.

Lithuania's 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 244.9 per 100,000 people.

Overall, 196,470 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic.

Currently, 181,809 people are considered as having statistically recovered from Covid-19, and 7,550 as statistically ill, compared to the declared numbers of 133,890 and 55,469, respectively.

Statistics Lithuania releases data based on a new methodology that separates data on active coronavirus cases into declared and statistical ones. A declared patient is a person who has been diagnosed with the disease but their recovery has not been confirmed by their general practitioner.

A statistical patient is a person who has been diagnosed with the disease in the last 28 days. The statistical incidence rate may more accurately reflect the real situation, according to the office.

A total of 3,209 people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania so far. The overall number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the coronavirus has reached 6,251.

Overall, 143,920 people have received their first coronavirus vaccine shots so far and 70,853 have been given the second jab, including 9,642 and 880 in the last 24 hours, respectively.

A total of 2,660,860 molecular (PCR) tests for Covid-19 have been carried out in the country so far, including 6,924 in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, 570 antigen tests have been performed in the last 24 hours, too, bringing the total number to 31,309 tests.

The share of positive tests over the past seven days now stands at 7.8 percent.

Slower progress

People's increased mobility and the spread of the British coronavirus variant are slowing down progress in bringing the pandemic down, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said on Thursday.

“Many services and some non-food and smaller shops reopened last Monday [February 15]. And we saw a sharp increase in people's mobility from the very first day,” she told the Žinių Radijas radio station.

People's mobility has returned to the levels of before December holidays and the increasing number of contacts allows the virus to spread, according to Šimonytė.

“Mobility data suggest that contacts have really intensified,” she noted.

Lithuania reported on Wednesday evening eleven new cases of the British coronavirus variant, bringing the total number of known cases in the country to twelve.

Šimonytė said the spread of the mutation could also be a reason why the country's daily coronavirus count had stopped falling.

“The main question now is [...] whether we'll manage to keep [infection numbers] tight but stable and maybe start reducing them through testing, or if we'll see them rebound again, which wouldn't be good news,” she said.