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2021.10.12 17:16

Lithuanian PM rules out another lockdown, says Covid certificates are working

LRT.lt2021.10.12 17:16

The national Covid certificate system is working and no new lockdown is needed, according to Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.

“The Opportunity Pass [Galimybių Pasas] is working,” Šimonytė told Lrytas.tv news website. She added that the number of ICU beds occupied by Covid patients were lower than the same time last year.

The prime minister said the government is not considering reimposing a national lockdown, according to the Elta news wire.

“The situation right now is akin to a lockdown, [but] only applied to a share of the population,” Šimonytė said.

The national Covid certificates are mandatory to access certain services in Lithuania, such as shopping centres, supermarkets, restaurants, and bars.

The certificate is issued to people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days, have tested negative for coronavirus using a PCR or an antigen test, or have been fully vaccinated.

Read more: Mandatory Covid certificates – what you need to know

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