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2021.04.29 11:31

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 1,327 new cases, no change in vaccination plan

BNS2021.04.29 11:31

Lithuania has registered 1,327 new coronavirus infections and 13 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 549.8 per 100,000 people, and the share of positive tests over the past seven days has been 6.6 percent.

On Wednesday, 10,984 molecular (PCR) tests for Covid-19 and 6,444 antigen tests were performed.

Overall, 245,896 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic.

Currently, 221,576 people are considered as having recovered, while 15,526 remain active cases.

A total of 3,916 people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania so far. The overall number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the coronavirus has reached 7,899.

No change in vaccination plan

The Lithuanian government will not revise its Covid-19 vaccination priorities, because it plans to launch a wider vaccination campaign by age groups soon, Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys said on Thursday.

“We aren't going to revise the priorities,” the minister told reporters.

“But we're already starting [to give shots to] age groups of over 55 and over 45, and we're are going to have completely free registration sometime in May and we'll be dealing with another problem, which is to have enough people willing to take the vaccine.”

Lithuania is currently administering shots to seniors and some professions that involve direct contact with people. Some municipalities, including Vilnius, have also started vaccinating all people aged over 55 years.

Over 12,000 people were vaccinated in Lithuania on Wednesday: 10,807 got the first shot and 1,301 received their second jab.

In all, 658,661 people have been vaccinated at least once, or nearly 24 percent of the population; 251,440 have already received two jabs.

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