2021.07.30 10:48

Coronavirus update: Lithuania reports 346 new cases, moves into red zone

BNS2021.07.30 10:48

Lithuania has registered 346 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 now reached 101.9 cases per 100,000 people, with the daily share of positive tests unchanged at 2.5 percent, according to the latest statistics.

The rise in new infections has pushed Lithuania into the red zone (C1) according to its national colour-coded classification.

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

The government approved the system back in February as part of its lockdown easing plan.

However, the cabinet has recently decided to introduce new coronavirus restrictions when the number of Covid-19 patients in the country's hospitals approaches 300. At the moment, 150 people in Lithuania are hospitalised with Covid-19, 19 of them are in intensive care.

Overall, 282,416 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic, and the number of active cases currently stands at 2,608.

A total of 4,413 people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania so far. The overall number of deaths directly or indirectly related to the coronavirus has reached 9,030.

Over 20,000 people were vaccinated in the country on Thursday: 15,154 were given their first shot and 5,180 received the second vaccine jab.

In all, 1.4 million people in Lithuania, or 50.1 percent of the population, have been vaccinated at least once, 1.23 million have received two vaccine shots.

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