2021.09.21 10:10

Coronavirus: Lithuania moves into ‘black’ zone, mulls mandatory facemasks

BNS2021.09.21 10:10

Lithuania has registered 1,155 new coronavirus infections and 18 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country's statistics office said on Tuesday morning.

Fifteen of the fatalities were either not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated.

Lithuania has also moved into the worst "black" zone under the colour-based national classification system, meaning that the 14-day infection count per 100,000 people has risen above 500 and is now at 504.5.

The country was previously classed “red”.

Some 7,866 people have been vaccinated over the past 24 hours, including 2,746 who received their first dose and 3,990 who got their second jab.

The total number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has risen by 15 to 997, including 106 in intensive care units.

Facemasks will be back?

The government will consider bringing back mandatory masks under some conditions, Health Minister Arunas Dulkys confirmed on Tuesday.

"Wearing masks is not a very complicated thing we can do," Dulkys told reporters at the parliament .

The minister could not outline details of the proposal, but said the government will try to avoid bringing back universal mask-wearing due to it being excessive.

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