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2021.03.08 15:08

Lithuania mulls easing movement restrictions

BNS2021.03.08 15:08

The Lithuanian government's emergency commission has proposed to lift the ban on non-essential travel between most municipalities from mid-March, except for those with the highest infection rates.

"Our proposal is to [...] restrict the movement into and out of these municipalities" where infection numbers are significantly higher than in the rest of the country, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaitė told reporters on Monday.

Currently, eight municipalities – Panevėžys, Kupiškis, Biržai, Švenčionys, Šalčininkai, Varėna, Kalvarija, and Marijampolė – have more than 500 positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people.

Bilotaitė said that despite certain lockdown easing steps, "the situation has stabilised and even slightly improved", noting that the pandemic is currently on a downward trajectory and the death rate has decreased.

The government has extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown until April, and the ban on non-essential travel between municipalities until March 15.

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