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2021.07.28 16:35

Lithuania to link new restrictions to Covid-19 hospitalisations

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS2021.07.28 16:35

Lithuania will introduce new coronavirus restrictions once the number of Covid-19 patients in the country's hospitals reaches 300, the government decided on Wednesday.

“We propose that decisions on using additional measures and restrictions be made when the occupancy of beds [...] reaches 300 in the country,” Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys told the cabinet while presenting the proposal.

“We should make it clear that this is not an alarm clock, an exact clock or day X. This is an indicator, a moment which we see we are approaching,” he added.

At the moment, 118 people with Covid-19 are being treated in Lithuanian hospitals, according to latest statistics.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė specified that the introduction of restrictions would be “triggered” by the number of hospitalisations approaching 300.

Šimonytė also proposed a rule that an employee could be removed from duties if they refuse to get vaccinated “for non-medical reasons” and “cannot work remotely”.

Social Security and Labour Minister Monika Navickienė said the bill to that effect was already under preparation.

Dulkys also said that the authorities were ready to “eliminate the possibility” of free testing to obtain an immunity certificate, but specific decisions would be made later.

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