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2021.07.23 11:20

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 233 new cases

BNS2021.07.23 11:20

Lithuania has registered 233 new coronavirus infections and no deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country's statistics office said on Friday morning.

Lithuania's 14-day coronavirus infection rate has risen to 51.6 cases per 100,000 people, and the daily share of positive tests has edged up to 1.8 percent, according to the latest statistics.

As the number of new cases continues to grow, Lithuania has moved from the first yellor risk zone (B1) to the second yellow zone (B2).

The Lithuanian colour system is based on two figures: the 14-day share of new infections per 100,000 people and the percentage of positive tests over the past seven days.

Under the green (A) scenario, the two rates need to stay below 25 and 4 percent, respectively. Lithuania moved into the green zone on June 30.

The yellow (B) scenario is further split into B1 (25-50 cases and less than 4 percent of positive tests) and B2 with 50-100 infections per population of 100,000.

There is also a C (red) and D (black) scenarios when the number of new cases exceeds 100 and 500 cases per 100,000 people, respectively.

Earlier, the colour-coded indicators were linked to specific restrictions, but the government has said recently it will mainly consider the hospitalisation rate to decide on restrictions.

Overall, 280,541 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic, and the number of active cases has risen to 1,353 over the past 24 hours.

A total of 4,409 people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania so far. The overall number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the coronavirus has reached 9,007.

On Thursday, 11,439 people in the country were vaccinated with the first vaccine shot and 4,972 got their second jab.

So far, 1.34 million people in Lithuania, or 47.8 percent of the population, have been vaccinated at least once, while 1.2 million have been given two vaccine shots.

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